Congratulations to Dr. Catherine Mas, who this week has published her monograph Culture in the Clinic: Miami and the Making of Modern Medicine. The book traces the explosion of alternative forms of health care in Miami following the 1959 Cuban Revolution, as Cuban refugees sought out help from not just licensed doctors, but local clínicas, quasi-legal storefront doctor’s offices, or santeros, priests in the Afro-Cuban religion of Lukumí or Santería. This exceptionally diverse medical scene caught the attention of anthropologists who made Miami’s multiethnic population into a laboratory for cross-cultural care. Catherine Mas shows how immigrants reshaped American medicine while the clinic became a crucial site for navigating questions of wellness, citizenship, and culture.
Check out her new book. published by the University of North Carolina Press, here: