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Health and Medicine at Sea, 1700-1900
     

Health and Medicine at Sea, 1700-1900

by David Boyd Haycock
 

Maritime medicine, together with its links to the development of empire, is a burgeoning area of historical interest and enquiry. This book, based on extensive original research, explores the history of health and medicine in maritime and imperial contexts in a key period, reflecting the growing professionalization of medicine at sea from the establishment of the

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Maritime medicine, together with its links to the development of empire, is a burgeoning area of historical interest and enquiry. This book, based on extensive original research, explores the history of health and medicine in maritime and imperial contexts in a key period, reflecting the growing professionalization of medicine at sea from the establishment of the Sick and Hurt Board to the end of the Victorian era. The chapters, written by leading experts in the field, are grouped around two central themes: Royal Naval medical policy, administration and practice; and health and mortality relating to the migration of peoples across the globe, including slavery, emigration and indentured migration. The book will be of interest to a wide range of historians, particularly those working in the fields of maritime history, the history of medicine, and the history of colonialism and imperialism. David Boyd Haycock was Curator of Seventeenth-Century Imperial and Maritime History at the National Maritime Museum, 2007-09, and has held research fellowships at the University of Oxford, the University of California, Los Angeles and the London School of Economics. He is author of William Stukeley: Science, Religion and Archaeology in Eighteenth Century England, which is published by Boydell and Brewer. Sally Archer is at the National Maritime Museum. CONTRIBUTORS: Erica M. Charters, John Cardwell, Mick Crumplin, Pat Crimmin, Mark Harrison, Hamish Maxwell-Stewart, Ralph Shlomowitz, Simon J. Hogerzeil, David Richardson, Robin Haines, Laurence Brown, Radica Mahase.

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An immensely valuable research tool. THE REVIEW (Naval Historical Collectors & Research Association) Has wide ramifications for the discipline of history as a whole, and illustrates the interaction of policy-whether it be war with France, the decision to abolish slave-trading or the transportation of convict labour-with medical science. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW The level of research for the contributions to this volume is good. The topics covered are interesting and, while enjoyable to read, the book is also ideal for updating the current historiography for each specific field. By discussing the health of migrants as well as sailors, the work adds to our understanding of sanitary advances in 18th and 19th-century British society. REVIEWS IN HISTORY (SPECIAL 'HEALTH IN HISTORY' ISSUE) The editors are to be commended for having provided readers with a collection of nine excellent essays on a range of issues associated with nautical health and medicine. (The essays) mark an important advance in a complex and fascinating area of inquiry that with time will continue to gain in breadth and depth. SOCIAL HISTORY OF MEDICINE A page-turner (...) you won't find anything like it elsewhere. (...) A refreshing read. THE NORTHERN MARINER The level of research for the contributions to this volume is good. The topics covered are interesting and, while enjoyable to read, the book is also ideal for updating the current historiography for each specific field. By discussing the health of migrants as well as sailors, the work adds to our understanding of sanitary advances in 18th and 19th-century British society. REVIEWS IN HISTORY An important volume. (...) This fascinating book is suitable for its suggested readership of a wide range of historians. NAUTICAL RESEARCH VOLUME

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781843835226
Publisher:
Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date:
11/19/2009
Pages:
243
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

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