Taki Onqoy: Epidemia de intoxicación por exposición al mercurio en huamanga del siglo XVI

Translated title of the contribution: Taki Onqoy: Mercury poisoning epidemic in 16th century huamanga

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Taki Onqoy is a syndrome that corresponds to the poisoning from exposure to mercury. It appeared as a result of the exploitation of the mercury mines of Paras and Huancavelica in Peru during the 16th century. The Cachexia mercurial, the last stage of the disease, would be associated with the idea of pishtaco. The Taki Onqoy in 16th-century Peru represents the largest epidemic of mercury poisoning known to humanity.

Translated title of the contributionTaki Onqoy: Mercury poisoning epidemic in 16th century huamanga
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)337-342
Number of pages6
JournalRevista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Publica
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2017

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y Huancavelica, (huésped): que progresivamente fueron: Henrique Garcés y sus socios durante la fase de búsqueda y experimentación del mercurio, los esclavos negros contratados por Garcés para explotar las minas de Paras, y la población indígena que se involucró en el trabajo de la mina de mercurio de Huancavelica como mitayo, mingado y asalariado.

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