Traditional folk healing practices continue to be viable and prevalent in the Mexican American community. The study of curanderismo and related folk medical practices encompasses several disciplines: anthropology, folklore, sociology, psychology, medicine, and history. This bibliography makes no attempt to be comprehensive; it is merely meant to provide readers with a sampling of titles geared, for the most part, to the non-specialist. Note that works listed here are generally limited to curanderismo and related fields in the Mexican American community. Additional sources for curanderismo can be found in the online catalog under the subjects, Mexican American folk medicine; Folk medicine; Healers; HerbsTherapeutic use; Medicinal plants, and Mexican AmericansHealth and hygiene.
Avila, Elena, and Joy Parker. Woman Who Glows in the Dark: A Curandera Reveals Traditional Aztec Secrets of Physical and Spiritual Health. New York: Tarcher/Putnam, 1999.
Babb, Jewel. Border Healing Woman: The Story of Jewel Babb as told to Pat Ellis Taylor. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1981.
Carrasco, Sara Margarita Campos. "Mexican American Folk Medicine: A Descriptive Study of the Different Curanderismo Techniques Practiced by Curanderos or Curanderas and Used by Patients in the Laredo, Texas Area." Ph.D. diss., Texas Womans University, 1984. [Microfilm]
Curtin, L. S. M. Healing Herbs of the Upper Rio Grande: Traditional Medicine of the Southwest. Revised and edited by Michael Moore. Santa Fe: Western Edge Press, 1997.
Dodson, Ruth. Don Pedrito Jaramillo: "Curandero." Corpus Christi: Henrietta Newbury, 1994.
Gardner, Dore. Niño Fidencio: A Heart Thrown Open. Photographs and interviews by Dore Gardner; essay by Kay Turner. Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico Press, 1992.
Garza, Mary Jane. "Healing Spirits: The Growing Acceptance of Alternative Medicine Enhances the Popularity of Curanderismo." Hispanic, June 1998.
Gonzales, Elena. "The Role of Chicano Folk Beliefs and Practices in Mental Health." In Chicanos: Social and Psychological Perspectives, eds. Carrol A. Hernández, Marsha J. Haug, and Nathaniel N. Wagner, 263-281. 2nd ed. St. Louis: Mosby, 1976.
Hispanic Culture and Health Care: Fact, Fiction, Folklore. Edited by Ricardo Arguijo Martínez. Saint Louis: Mosby, 1978.
Homenaje a nuestras curanderas. Honoring Our Healers. Edited by Luz Alvarez Martínez. Oakland: Latina Press, 1996.
Keefe, Susan Emley. "Folk Medicine Among Urban Mexican-Americans: Cultural Persistence, Change, and Displacement." Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Science 3, no. 1 (1981): 41-58.
Kiev, Ari. Curanderismo: Mexican-American Folk Psychiatry. New York: Free Press, 1972.
Lauren, Sara Elena J. "Ritual as Therapy: Psychotherapeutic Healing Rituals in Curanderismo as Exemplified by the Work of Diana Velázquez, Curandera." Ph.D. diss., Union Graduate School, 1987. [Microfilm]
Macklin, June. "All the Good and Bad in This World: Women, Traditional Medicine, and Mexican American Culture." In Twice a Minority: Mexican American Women, ed. Margarita B. Melville, 127-148. St. Louis: Mosby, 1980.
Paredes, Américo. Folk Medicine and the Intercultural Jest. Offprint series, 83. Austin: Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 1969.
Perrone, Bobette, H. Henrietta Stockel, and Victoria Krueger. Medicine Women, Curanderas, and Women Doctors. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1989.
Rodríguez, Gregorita. Singing for My Echo: Memories of Gregorita Rodríguez, a Native Healer of Santa Fe. As told to Edith Powers. Santa Fe, NM: Cota Editions, 1987.
Roeder, Beatrice A. Chicano Folk Medicine from Los Angeles, California. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988.
Rose, Linda C. Disease Beliefs in Mexican-American Communities. San Francisco: R & E Associates, 1978.
Rubel, Arthur J. "Illness Behavior and Attitudes." In Across the Tracks: Mexican-Americans in a Texas City. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1966.
Torres, Eliseo. The Folk Healer: The Mexican-American Tradition of Curanderismo. Kingsville, TX: Nieves Press, 1983.
Torres, Eliseo. Green Medicine: Traditional Mexican-American Herbal Remedies. Kingsville, TX: Nieves Press, 1983.
Trotter, Robert T., and Juan Antonio Chavira. Curanderismo: Mexican American Folk Healing. 2nd ed. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1997.
Sandoval, Annette. Homegrown Healing: Traditional Home Remedies from Mexico. New York: Berkley Books, 1998.
Electronic Information Sources
Several indexes and databases with content related to curanderismo are available to all library users on the UT Library Online (UTLOL) computer workstations. When accessed from outside of the General Libraries, these databases require a valid UT ID. They may be accessed from the UT General Libraries World Wide Web Homepage (http://www.lib.utexas.edu/) by clicking on "Indexes, Abstracts, and Full Text" under which the databases are listed in alphabetical order:
El Niño Fidencio Research Project
Don Pedrito Jaramillos Shrine, Falfurrias, Texas
Traditional Home Remedies from Mexico
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