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xi acknowledgments } this book could not have been possible without the support and assistance of a number of individuals and institutions. As an undergraduate at the University of Kansas, I took classes with Elizabeth Kuznesof, Anton Rosenthal, Robert Smith, and John Hoopes. My interest in Latin America and indigenous studies began with their classes. I have enjoyed their continued support. Since returning to the state of Kansas as an assistant professor of history at Kansas State University in 2006, the University of Kansas’s Latin American and environmental studies faculty have invited me to present my work. Chapters 4 and 6 have benefitted from the insights provided at the Hall Center for the Humanities talks and Latin American Studies Center merienda colloquium. During my graduate training at Stony Brook University, I had the privilege to study with Brooke Larson, Barbara Weinstein, Nancy Tomes, and Paul Gootenberg. As my thesis adviser, Brooke Larson patiently oversaw the development of this project. My interest in public health and the history of medicine began when Nancy Tomes presented her work at a History Department colloquium . Barbara Weinstein always offered sound professional advice. Eric Goode and Barbara offered many a great meal and conversation during my graduate years. Paul Gootenberg made archive work in Mexico City possible, ensuring that I understood how to maneuver the intricacies of conducting research at the Archivo General de la Nación. I owe a special debt to Allen Wells, who has offered valuable commentary on my work as a fellow Yucatecologist. acknowledgments xii I also gratefully acknowledge the support of the Fulbright-Robles Foundation for supporting my field research for one year in Mérida, Yucatán. My research in Yucatán would not have been possible without the assistance of the director of the Archivo General del Estado de Yucatán (AGEY), Dra. Piedad Peniche Rivero. I am deeply indebted to archivists and friends at the AGEY: Elías Teyer Carmona, Jorge Canto Alcocer, Candy Flota Garcia, Andrea Vergoda Medina, Cinthia Vanessa Fernández Vergara, and all the others who have made me and my family feel welcome every time we visited. Additionally, I had the assistance of two invaluable ayudantes (assistants): Wendi Aracelly Cob and Leni Malveda. In Mérida, Miguel Güemez Pineda and Lupe Graniel, Luisa Sosa, Olga Uc Doriega, Marcia Good, Brian Maust, and Tonio Castels Talens all mademefeelwelcomeintheirhomesandofferedunwaveringsupport.Learning Yucatec Maya would not have been possible without instruction under Miguel Güemez Pineda and Hilaria Más Colli. At Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán– Centro de Investigaciones Regionales, Othon Baños Ramirez, Alejandra García Quintanilla, and the late Hernán Menendez all offered comments and practical advice during my field research. I would also like to thank the exceptionally knowledgeable staffs at the Hemeroteca José María Piño Suárez, Biblioteca Menéndez, Archivo Histórico de Archidiócesis de Yucatán (in particular Padre Camargo for granting permission to consult church records), Centro de Apoyo de Investigacion Histórica de Yucatán, and the Biblioteca Crescencio Carrillo y Ancona. The Doctors Laviada opened their personal archives in Mérida, allowing me to review valuable information. A number of fellow Yucatecólogos also offered assistance and advice, including Paul Eiss, Ben Fallaw, Wolfgang Gabbert, Christopher Gil, Gilbert Joseph, Matthew Restall, and Peter Sigal. The staffs at archives in Campeche (Archivo General del Estado de Campeche) and in the national archives of Belize at Belmopan were welcoming and helpful. In the United States, archivists at the Williams Center for Research in New Orleans, Tulane University’s Latin American Library, and the American Antiquarian Society; Christian Kelleher at the University of Texas at Austin’s Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Library; and Bethany J. Antos and Tom Rosenbaum at the Rockefeller Foundation Archives provided invaluable assistance. The Rockefeller Foundation also graciously provided funds for me to travel to their masterfully organized archives. Thank you also to the Rockefeller Foundation for granting permission to reproduce the photograph in chapter 6. acknowledgments xiii In Mexico City archivists and staff at the Archivo General de la Nación, the Archivo Histórico de la Secretaría de Salud (formerly the Archivo Histórico de Salud y Salubridad y Asistencia), the Centro de Estudios de Historia de México de Condumex, and the Archivo Histórico de la Facultad de Medicina at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México all provided expert guidance. At California State University at Fullerton, I received funding that made research...


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