Podcast: The Case of Agustín Sánchez – a Transpacific Surgeon’s Medical Practice, Inventory, and Books on Board the Manila Galleon (1580)
This episode looks at ship surgeon Agustín Sánchez’ shipboard life and medical practice on board the Manila Galleon San Martín in 1580, crossing the Pacific from Acapulco to the Philippines. We find out which tools were used in his medical practice, how he treated diseases during such a long shipboard voyage, and the circulation of his medical and non-medical books across the Pacific.
This is the full episode of the historical Transpacific podcast, produced by Angela Schottenhammer, Mathieu Torck, and Wim De Winter.
Pictured: The narcotic plant called “picietl” in Náhuatl – also known as Aztec tobacco.