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Tropical medicine in Portuguese: the role of human trypanosomiasis for Portuguese-Brazilian medical-scientific relations (1901-1923)

Grant number: 19/02786-8
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): September 02, 2019
Effective date (End): March 01, 2020
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History - History of Science
Principal Investigator:André Mota
Grantee:Ewerton Luiz Figueiredo Moura da Silva
Supervisor: Isabel Maria da Silva Pereira Amaral
Host Institution: Faculdade de Medicina (FM). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal  
Associated to the scholarship:17/18101-9 - Tropical Medicine in Portuguese: the role of human Trypanosomiasis for Portuguese-Brazilian medical-scientific relations (1901-1923), BP.DR


This project aims to contribute to the historiographic debate on the medical-scientific relations between Brazil and Portugal under the scope of tropical medicine in the early twentieth century. Through consultation with the main medical journals published in both countries, it is hoped to understand the repercussion in Portugal of Brazilian research on Chagas' disease, which was simultaneously an emblem of the country's science and a symbol of a nation and the resonance in Brazil of the research on sleeping sickness, which acquired great importance for Portugal as a result of its African colonial empire.The temporal beacons lie between 1901 - the year of sending the first Portuguese scientific mission to Africa in order to study sleep sickness - and 1923, when a controversy was officially closed in Brazil about the authorship of the discovery of the disease of sores. Thus, this study is located in a historical context of a wide scientific debate about these two diseases where Brazilian and Portuguese doctors offered their contributions.

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