Dr. Gilbert Arizaga to Lecture Sunday on Indigenous Latino Medicine

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A free lecture, “Indigenous Latino Medicine in Grant County,” will be presented by Gilbert Arizaga, M.D., at the Silver City Museum at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, April 30. The program is the second in a series presented by the Museum in conjunction with its featured exhibit, “Good For What Ails You: A Golden Climate Cures Silver City’s Economic Blues.” Arizaga, the author of multiple publications on traditional and cultural medicine, served as an advisor in the exhibit’s development. He will discuss the centuries-old folk healing practices found throughout the American Southwest, Mexico, and Latin America, including herbal medicine and curanderismo.

Arizaga, a graduate of Cobre High School and Western New Mexico University, earned his medical degree from the University of New Mexico in 1974. His residencies in pediatrics and dermatology were from the University of Arizona, and he is board certified in pediatrics, dermatology, and hospice and palliative care. Arizaga, who integrates into his medical practice the concepts of indigenous medicine taught to him by Latino elders in his family, says, “Curanderismo is a quintessential model for holistic medicine, expressing the inability to separate spirit, mind, body, peoples, and the earth.”

“Good For What Ails You,” continuing its run at the Silver City Museum, examines southwest New Mexico’s long tradition as a place of health and healing. The exhibit focuses on the health-seeker era of the early twentieth century, when tubercular patients flocked to this region in hopes of a cure. For more information, contact the Museum at (505) 538-5921, or e-mail info@silvercitymuseum.org.

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