Reconocedores: médicos, empíricos y profanos en las decisiones judiciales. Nuevo Reino de Granada, siglo XVIII

Translated title of the contribution: Examiners: Doctors, empirical healers, and laymen in judicial decisions. New Kingdom of Granada, 18th Century

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The article discusses the different actors that served as examiners in the context of criminal proceedings carried out in the New Kingdom of Granada during the 18th century, before legal medicine was organized as a specific field of knowledge. It explores two essential aspects: first, the germinal stage of a space in which diverse arts of healing, medicine, surgery, and law converged in order to achieve a better administration of justice in these territories; and, second, the coexistence, whether peaceful or conflictive, of the activity of legitimate examiners and unauthorized laymen in cases of bodily injuries to living or deceased people, depending on the crime being prosecuted.

Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)47-78
Number of pages32
JournalAnuario Colombiano de Historia Social y de la Cultura
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • History

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