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History-Related Research

Cultural History Culture as it shapes the health of the Latino population in California; analysis of longitudinal development from 1769-2006, of importance for medical history in California

History of Medicine in California has two main topics:

Latino Medical Classics: Historical epidemiology and demography of Latino populations in California from 1850 to 1930 provide a context for understanding today’s Latino Epidemiological Paradox. Work is also ongoing on the translation of colonial-era documents relating to the history of medicine and public health in pre-Columbian and colonial Mexico and Latin America. These include 16th-century texts by Dr. Francisco Hernández, Gregorio López, Juan de Barrios, and others.

Latino Health Data Archive: Each year's population estimates, mortality, birth, hospital discharge, and other administrative files are updated to provide up-to-the-minute demographic and epidemiological information on various Latino population segments.

Cultural History

Research Papers

Empowerment, Expansion, and Engagement: Las Juntas Patrióticas in California, 1848–1869. California History, 85, 2007. David E. Hayes-Bautista, Cynthia L. Chamberlin, Branden Jones, Juan Carlos Cornejo, Cecilia Cañadas, Carlos Martinez, and Gloria Meza.

Myths About Latinos in California. UCLA, Center for the Study of Latino Health, History and Culture, 2007. David E. Hayes-Bautista.

Cinco de Mayo's First Seventy-Five Years in Alta California: From Spontaneous Behavior to Sedimented Memory, 1862 to 1937. The Southern California Quarterly, HSSC, 2007.  David E. Hayes-Bautista; Cynthia L. Chamberlin.

Reginaldo Francisco del Valle, UCLA’s Forgotten Forefather. The Southern California Quarterly, HSSC, 2006.  David E. Hayes-Bautista; Hon. Marco Antonio Firebaugh; Cynthia L. Chamberlin; Cristina Gamboa.

Some of the above articles are made publicly available thanks to the generosity of Merry Ovnick, Editor of the Southern California Quarterly, the journal of the Historical Society of Southern California. For more information about the society and its journal, please contact:


La Nueva California: Latinos in the Golden State. The University of California Press, 2004. David E. Hayes-Bautista.

History of Medicine in California

Research Papers

Latino Health In California, 1985-1990 Implications for Family Medicine. Family Medicine Journal. 26:556-62 ,1994. Hayes-Bautista, David E.; Baezconde-Garbanati, Lourdes; Schink, Werner O.; Hayes- Bautista, Maria.


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