Medicine in an age of Commerce and Empire: Britain and its Tropical Colonies 1660-1830

Hardcover | October 16, 2010

byMark Harrison

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Medicine in an age of Commerce and Empire explores the impact of commercial and imperial expansion on British medicine from the late seventeenth century to the early nineteenth century. Concentrating largely (though not exclusively) on India and the West Indies, it shows how medicalpractitioners in the colonies began to develop an empirical and experimental approach to medicine that was in many respects in advance of that in Britain. By the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, colonial ideas and practices had also begun to transform medicine in Britain. Medicalpractitioners in the Army, Navy, and East India Company used their knowledge of fevers and other common diseases to establish themselves at the centre of British medicine, speaking to growing concerns about supposedly new diseases at home and fears about the invasion of exotic maladies. Some foundemployment in new institutions such as fever hospitals, while others used connections in the armed forces to acquire influence and status at home. Many also made their voice heard through religious networks such as circles of dissenting physicians and natural philosophers.

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Medicine in an age of Commerce and Empire explores the impact of commercial and imperial expansion on British medicine from the late seventeenth century to the early nineteenth century. Concentrating largely (though not exclusively) on India and the West Indies, it shows how medicalpractitioners in the colonies began to develop an empi...

Mark Harrison is Professor of the History of Medicine and Director of the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine at the University of Oxford. He is the author of many books and articles on the history of medicine, war and imperialism, and on the history of disease. He currently holds a fellowship at Green Templeton College and is a...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:October 16, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199577730

ISBN - 13:9780199577736

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Table of Contents

IntroductionMedicine as natural history1. Climate, fevers, and medicine before 17002. Sydenham and Boerhaave in the tropics3. The medicine of warm climates4. Pathology, physiology, and raceTropical therapeutics1. Inflamed bodies2. Exotics and antiseptics3. Empire of experiment4. A therapeutic revolutionIlls of empire1. Invalids and entrepreneurs2. The voyager returns3. Albion's coast is sick4. The prospect of invasionConclusionBibliography