The children of Santa María Cauqué: a prospective field study of health and growth

Show simple item record Mata Jiménez, Leonardo 2017-02-28T17:13:51Z 2017-02-28T17:13:51Z 1978
dc.identifier.isbn 0-262-13135-8
dc.description.abstract This study of the natural history of health and growth of children was conceived in Boston, was born and grew in Guatemala, and matured in Seattle. In Boston the concept of a study in a developing rural region and the plans to carry it out were developed and fertilized by discussions with teachers and friends. The choice of Guatemala for the field work was logical in view of my own origin in Central America and a personal familiarity with the area. Later, as the task got under way in Seattle of putting together the results from nine years of observation in a little mountain village several thousand miles away, my thoughts turned inevitably to the Mayan Indian villagers with whom I had worked and to the circumstances that dictated the change in locale. The move to Seattle was decided in large measure by the friendship and The move to Seattle was decided in large measure by the friendship and technical help offered by John P. Fox and other colleagues at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine of the University of Washington. A main determinant, however, was the need to get away from administrative and other obligations of my home base at the Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP) in Guatemala, and especially to avoid the fascination o f continued data gathering and the generation of new research projects. In a well-appointed office in Seattle, instead of in the field and laboratory, with the comparative cold of a northern temperature climate substituting for the sunny days of the “Land of Eternal Spring,” I came to appreciate fully my good fortune in having directed the studies in Santa Maria Cauqué and being accepted as a friend by the people of that Indian village. My regular visits to the community, close collaboration with a variety of field workers, and personal participation in so many affairs of the village were the genuinely rewarding parts of that endeavor. By standards of more advanced societies, the villagers of Santa Marfa Cauqué would be characterized as primitive, in some respects barely emerging from the Middle Ages. Working with them, however, brought realization of a distinctive civilization that functions most humanely, of a community that conducts itself peacefully according to firm values, and with a sense of purpose that stems from the necessity to live, to create, to share with each other, and to suffer and die together—enviable qualities so frequently absent in many western societies. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher The Massachusetts Institute of Tecnology en
dc.rights Atribución-NoComercial-CompartirIgual 3.0 Costa Rica *
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dc.subject Salud es
dc.subject Estudios longitudinales es
dc.subject Malnutrición es
dc.subject Enfermedades Transmisibles es
dc.subject Higiene es
dc.title The children of Santa María Cauqué: a prospective field study of health and growth en
dc.type Book en

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