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New Spain: official documentation

New Spain, government
WMS/Amer.3, 51, 62, 64 & 96-97
  • Archives and manuscripts

About this work


The papers in this collection comprise official documentation issued by the authorities in New Spain (specifically, in Mexico). They include the appointment of José Gracida y Bernal (1760?-1815) as one of the Protomedicatos who were in charge of medical matters in New Spain (WMS/Amer.96); three certificates issued by Protomedicatos giving individuals licence to practice medicine (WMS/Amer.51, 64 and 97); a copy of a notice suspending quarantine procedures in the city of Mexico during the fever epidemic of 1813 (WMS/Amer.3); and a order authorising payment to F.X. de Balmis (1753-1819) for work on indigenous plants in the treatment of syphilis (WMS/Amer.62).



Physical description

4 volumes and 2 files Manuscript, bound and loose papers.

Acquisition note

Purchased 1962.

Related material

In the Wellcome Library: WMS/Amer.100 also relates to José Gracida y Bernal.

Finding aids

Described in: Robin Price, An Annotated Catalogue of Medical Americana in the Library of the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine (London: Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 1983).

Ownership note

The items in this collection formed part of the Guerra Collection.


  • Spanish

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