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Doctors and slaves : a medical and demographic history of slavery in the British West Indies, 1680-1834

Author: Richard B Sheridan
Publisher: Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1985.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this study Professor Sheridan presents a rich and wide-ranging account of the health care of slaves in the British West Indies, from 1680-1834. He demonstrates that while Caribbean island  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Student Collection
History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard B Sheridan
ISBN: 0521259657 9780521259651
OCLC Number: 10780832
Description: xxii, 420 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The disease environments and epidemiology. The rise of the South Atlantic system ; The importance of the West Indies ; Malaria and yellow fever ; The Army Medical Board’s report ; Early words on epidemiology ; The fever books ; Slave medical manuals --
The medical profession. Recruitment of doctors ; Medical gentlemen and quacks ; Efforts to upgrade the profession ; Medicine in Cuba and North America ; Diploma holders from Europe ; Doctor-scientists and authors ; Jamaican doctor-scientists and authors --
African and Afro-West Indian medicine. The two medical cultures: Africa ; The two medical cultures: West Indies ; Folk medicine ; Yaws and its treatment ; Slave medical attendants --
The Guinea surgeons. “To buy or to breed” ; The Atlantic slave trade ; West Africa and the slave trade ; The Guinea surgeons ; Duties on the coast ; Diseases and their treatment ; Preserving the health of seamen and slaves ; Mortality on the Middle Passage --
Slaves and plantations. The sugar plantation ; Treatment of slaves ; Seasoning imported slaves ; Clothing and housing ; The work force ; Management of absentees’ estates --
Labor, diet, and punishment. Cane hole digging and night work ; War and famine ; Hurricanes, wars, and famine ; Pickled and salted fish ; Slave provision grounds ; Calories and protein ; Provisioning slaves in the eastern Caribbean ; The punishment of slaves --
Morbidity and mortality. “Disorders peculiar to the Negroes” ; Sickness and accidents ; Patterns of mortality ; Malnutrition and diseases of infants and children ; Diseases of children and adults --
The problem of reproduction. Patterns of reproduction ; Debate on the population failure ; “To multiply and rear the human species” ‘ Pro-natalist policies frustrated ; The victimization of black youngsters ; Black women as “work units” and “breeding units” --
Smallpox and slavery. Introduction ; Variolation or inoculation ; Inoculation in Jamaica and England ; The Jamaican vaccine establishment ; Other campaigns against smallpox --
Slave hospitals. Introduction ; The eighteenth-century experience ; Practical rules for hospital management ; Slave hospitals in Guyana ; Slave hospitals in Jamaica ; Critics of hospital management ; Slave hospitals in Cuba and the United States --
Plantation medical practice. The “irregular” practitioners ; Grenada doctors and slaves ; Doctors in the Leeward Islands and Barbados ; Doctor Jonathan Troup of Dominica ; Medical practice in Jamaica ; Doctor john Williamson of Jamaica ; Medical practice in Cuba and the United States ; Costs and benefits --
Slavery and medicine. Slave population attrition ; heroic medicine in the West Indies ; The quality of plantation health care ; An epilogue.
Responsibility: Richard B. Sheridan.
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