Health and Medicine at Sea, 1700-1900

Health and Medicine at Sea, 1700-1900

Edited by David Boyd Haycock, Sally Archer

Hardback
$99.00

Boydell Press

Overview

Overview

Examines a wide range of aspects of health and medicine in maritime and imperial settings during the eighteenth and nineteenth century.
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.

Details

November 2009
17 black and white illustrations
243 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9781843835226
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Boydell Press
BIC HBLL
BISAC MED051000
Share on Facebook   Share on Twitter   Pin it   Share by Email

Table of Contents

Introduction - David Boyd Haycock
The Intention is Certain Noble: The Western Squadron, Medical Trials, and the Sick and Hurt Board during the Seven Years War (1756-63) - Erica Charters
Royal Navy Surgeons, 1793-1815: A Collective Biography - John Cardwell
Surgery in the Royal Navy during the Republican and Napoleonic Wars (1793-1815) - Mick Crumplin
The Sick and Hurt Board: Fit for Purpose? - P K Crimmin
An 'Important and Truly National Subject': The West Africa Service and the Health of the Royal Navy in the Mid Nineteenth Century - Mark Harrison
Mortality and Migration: A Survey - Hamish Maxwell-Stewart and Ralph Shlomowitz
Slave Purchasing Strategies and Shipboard Mortality: Day-to-Day Evidence from the Dutch African Trade, 1751-1797 - Simon Hogerzeil
Slave Purchasing Strategies and Shipboard Mortality: Day-to-Day Evidence from the Dutch African Trade, 1751-1797 - David Richardson
Ships, Families and Surgeons: Migrant Voyages to Australia in the Age of Sail - Robin Haines
Medical Encounters on the Kala Pani: Regulation and Resistance in the Passages of Indentured Indian Migrants, 1834-1900 - Laurence Brown
Medical Encounters on the Kala Pani: Regulation and Resistance in the Passages of Indentured Indian Migrants, 1834-1900 - Radica Mahase

Reviews

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

Also by Author