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By Richard B. Sheridan

During this examine Professor Sheridan provides a wealthy and wide-ranging account of the well-being care of slaves within the British West Indies, from 1680-1834. He demonstrates that whereas Caribbean island settlements have been seen by way of mercantile statesmen and economists as excellent colonies, the actual and scientific realities have been very diverse. The research relies on extensive learn in archival fabrics in nice Britain, the West Indies and the USA. by way of steeping himself within the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century resources, Professor Sheridan is ready to recreate the milieu of a prior period: he tells us what the slave medical professionals wrote and the way they functioned, and he provides a storehouse of knowledge on how and why the slaves sickened and died. via bringing jointly those assorted clinical demographic and monetary assets, Professor Sheridan casts new mild at the background of slavery within the Americas.

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His collecting effort was so successful that when he returned to England, he brought about 800 plants, most of which were new, together with the drawings to illustrate his book. "46 Although Sloane was interested primarily in cures and remedies, he did make known certain opinions concerning the differences between the diseases of Jamaica and Europe and their causes. He was told that the diseases of Jamaica were all different from what they were in Europe. This made him very uneasy lest by ignorance he should kill instead of cure.

Kitts soon after the Seven Years' War, Grainger found a lively economy and society. Slave imports from Africa increased markedly 28 The disease environments and epidemiology AN E S S A Y ON THE MORE COMMON WEST-INDIA DISEASES, REMEDIES WHICH THAT COUNTRY ITSELF PRODUCES: TO WHICH ARE ADDED, SOME HINTS ON THE MANAGEMENT, fcrv. OF NEGROES. BY JAMES GRAINGER, M. D. THE SECOND EDITION". WITH PRACTICAL NOTES, AND A LINN^EAN INDEX, Bv WILLIAM WRIGHT, M. D. F. R. S. PHYSICIAN TO HIS MAJESTY** TORCES. NulU in re, proprius accedunt homines ad Deos, cuam falu:cm hominibus dando.

Lind asserted that fevers and fluxes were fatal to Europeans in the sugar islands, but the disease called yellow fever was particularly destructive to them. " Like the advice given by Hippocrates, Lind urged whites to escape from bad air. 62 Lind made only passing mention of the slave trade and slavery. He thought it intolerable that Europeans should suffer heavy fatalities from cutting down woods and clearing the ground from trees. "If the purchasing of negroes on the coast of Guinea can be justified," he writes, "it must be from the absolute necessity of employing them in such services as this is.

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