Physiological and Medical Observations among the Indians of Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico

Physiological and Medical Observations among the Indians of Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico

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Physiological and Medical Observations among the Indians of Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico

Physiological and Medical Observations among the Indians of Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico

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From 1898 to 1905, in the course of six expeditions, the writer visited nearly all the Indian tribes in southwestern United States (exclusive of California) and in northwestern Mexico. These expeditions were made primarily in the interest of physical anthropology, but, as a physician, the writer had exceptional opportunities for acquiring information of a physiological and medical nature. The results of his observations, accompanied by data the accuracy of which seems clearly established, and including various relevant tests and measurements, are herein presented.

The tribes visited comprised the following:

In southern Colorado: Southern Ute (with a band of Paiute in southeastern Utah); in New Mexico: Jicarilla Apache, Navaho (also in Arizona and southern Utah), the Rio Grande Pueblos of Taos, San Juan, Jemez, Santo Domingo, Sia, and Isleta, and the western Pueblos of Laguna, Acoma, Acomita, and Zuñi; also the Mescalero Apache; in Arizona: Hopi Pueblos, White Mountain and San Carlos Apache, Mohave (eastern, or Yavapai, and western), Havasupai, Walapai, Papago, Pima, Maricopa, Yuma (mostly in California); in Sonora: Opata, Yaqui, and Mayo; in Chihuahua: Tarahumare; in Durango: Tepehuane; in Tepic: Cora; in Jalisco: Huichol, Tepecano, remnants of the Teul "Mekkos," and Nahua (Tuxpan); in Hidalgo: Otomi; in Mexico: Mazahua, Otomi; in Michoacan: Tarasco; and in Morelos: Aztec (Tlahuiltec).

Opportunities for observation varied with the tribes. Among some, intelligent aid and sympathetic cooperation were experienced, while . . .

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