The Yellow Demon of Fever: Fighting Disease in the Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Slave Trade

The Yellow Demon of Fever: Fighting Disease in the Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Slave Trade

by Manuel Barcia

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Overview

A pathbreaking history of how participants in the slave trade influenced the growth and dissemination of medical knowledge

As the slave trade brought Europeans, Africans, and Americans into contact, diseases were traded along with human lives. Manuel Barcia examines the battle waged against disease, where traders fought against loss of profits while enslaved Africans fought for survival. Although efforts to control disease and stop epidemics from spreading brought little success, the medical knowledge generated by people on both sides of the conflict contributed to momentous change in the medical cultures of the Atlantic world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300215854
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 04/21/2020
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 680,620
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Manuel Barcia is chair of global history at the University of Leeds and a recipient of the Philip Leverhulme Prize in History.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 "A Beautiful Spot for a Grave": Prophylaxis and Prevention in the Slave-Trade Contact Zones 27

2 The Blood of Thousands: Slave Traders and the Fight against Disease in the Age of Abolition 62

3 Cruising for Slaves and Boating up Rivers: Anti-Slave Trade Patrols and the Fight against Disease across the Atlantic 92

4 "Such an Asylum of Wretchedness": Anti-Slave Trade Reception Centers, Hospitals, and Cemeteries 125

5 A Shared Struggle: Cooperation, Learning, and Knowledge Exchange in the Atlantic World 166

Closing Remarks 194

Notes 199

Bibliography 245

Index 269

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