De los litorales a las selvas: La construcción social del concepto de fiebre amarilla selvática, 1881-1938 Book


  • This book explores the construction process of the concept of “jungle yellow fever” and the role played by Colombian researchers in this discovery. It is aimed at a general public, at academics from humanities and health sciences interested in history, history of medicine, public health, and science in particular, as well as at public policy- and decision-makers in health. Founded on historical epistemology, sociology of knowledge and political sociology, the book presents conceptual and technical controversies in the field of yellow fever since the late nineteenth century in Colombia until the consolidation of the concept of jungle yellow fever in the decade of 1930s. It explores how the Rockefeller Foundation ignored the analysis of Colombian doctors who hypothesized the presence of rural yellow fever and, thanks to its economic, political, and scientific power, gained primacy for discovering this concept. The book presents the complexity of actions performed by the socio-political actors involved, as well as power asymmetries that explain the control of the symbolic capital by North American researchers in the field of yellow fever, in advance of peripheral actors.

publication date

  • 2017/1/1


  • Colombia
  • asymmetry
  • consolidation
  • decision maker
  • economics
  • epistemology
  • health
  • health science
  • history
  • history of medicine
  • nineteenth century
  • political actor
  • political power
  • political sociology
  • public health
  • public policy
  • science
  • social construction
  • sociology of knowledge
  • symbolic capital

International Standard Book Number (ISBN) 13

  • 9789587389012

number of pages

  • 280