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By Richard B. Sheridan

ISBN-10: 051175986X

ISBN-13: 9780511759864

ISBN-10: 0521102383

ISBN-13: 9780521102384

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During this examine Professor Sheridan provides a wealthy and wide-ranging account of the overall healthiness care of slaves within the British West Indies, from 1680-1834. He demonstrates that whereas Caribbean island settlements have been considered through mercantile statesmen and economists as perfect colonies, the actual and scientific realities have been very various. The examine relies on extensive learn in archival fabrics in nice Britain, the West Indies and the U.S.. through steeping himself within the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century assets, Professor Sheridan is ready to recreate the milieu of a earlier period: he tells us what the slave medical professionals wrote and the way they functioned, and he offers a storehouse of data on how and why the slaves sickened and died. via bringing jointly those diversified clinical demographic and financial resources, Professor Sheridan casts new gentle at the background of slavery within the Americas.

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He finds that wellidentified outbreaks of yellow fever occurred in five separate Caribbean locales between 1635 a n d 1655, and that these outbreaks were closely associated with sugarcane cultivation, milling, refining, or shipping, and also the presence of African slaves. The sugar industry provided sufficient nonimmune people, stagnant water, and Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which are especially attracted to sweet fluids. " Alexander M. Tulloch, captain, 45th Regiment, and Henry Marshall, deputy inspector general of hospitals, were appointed to search the voluminous historical records accumulated by the Army Medical Board since 1816 and report their findings to the secretary at war.

Children who inherit both the sickle-cell trait and the anemia that often accompanies it usually die in childhood. They inherit sickle-cell anemia only when each parent contributes a gene for sickling. Those who inherit the sickle-cell trait without anemia, however, acquire some immunity to malaria. 20 Though it has been argued by some medical historians that malaria was indigenous to the Americas, more evidence points to Africa as the homeland from whence this mosquito-borne disease was transmitted to the New World via the slave trade.

55 Contrary to the view expressed by Sir Hans Sloane, Hillary contended that most of the diseases he encountered in Barbados were peculiar to the West Indies and seldom or never seen in the colder countries of Europe. In his inquiries into the nature and causes of these diseases, however, he relied chiefly on European medical concepts, etiology, and epidemiology, especially the writings of Hippocrates, Boerhaave, Sydenham, and John Huxham. Intermitting fever or malaria was very rarely seen in Barbados, he said, unless it was introduced from neighboring islands that were less cultivated and not yet cleared of their woods.

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