By Richard B. Sheridan
During this research Professor Sheridan offers a wealthy and wide-ranging account of the wellbeing and fitness care of slaves within the British West Indies, from 1680-1834. He demonstrates that whereas Caribbean island settlements have been seen by means of mercantile statesmen and economists as excellent colonies, the actual and scientific realities have been very assorted. The examine is predicated on huge learn in archival fabrics in nice Britain, the West Indies and the U.S.. through steeping himself within the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century resources, 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 provides a storehouse of knowledge on how and why the slaves sickened and died. by means of bringing jointly those assorted clinical demographic and financial assets, Professor Sheridan casts new gentle at the historical past of slavery within the Americas.
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54 During the last quarter of the year the generally wet and cool weather was accompanied by diarrheas, dysenteries, and fevers. " Intervals of dry and warm weather were linked to a higher incidence of inflammatory fever, catarrhal fever or influenza, pleurisy, pneumonia, quinsy, and ophthalmia. Asthmatics and consumptive patients were said to have suffered much from catarrhal fever, which proved fatal to some of them. As in former periods, children frequently fell victim to whooping cough. 23 Doctors and slaves December, which was generally drier and cooler than the preceding months, marked a transition in the disease environment.
Malaria, which was also called intermittent and/or remittent fever, is an infectious febrile disease caused by protozoan parasites known as plasmodia, which are transmitted by the bites of infected mosquitoes of the genus Anopheles. The disease is characterized by attacks of chills, fever, and sweating, and frequent nausea, vomiting, and severe headache. These attacks may occur daily (quotidian), every other day (tertian), or with an interval of three days (quartan). Of the three major types of malarial parasites, one (Plasmodium faldparum) tends to cause death; the other two (Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium malariae) are more benign and self-limiting.
Unlike the practitioners of heroic medicine who scorned the healing powers of nature and sought to conquer their patients' diseases by bleeding, purging, blistering, vomiting, and sweating, Trapham was more inclined to use gentle remedies in an effort to aid the healing powers of nature. Apart from his concern with yaws and other diseases that were brought to Jamaica from Africa, Trapham expressed little interest in the harsh conditions that prevailed among the growing body of African slaves in Jamaica.
Doctors and Slaves: A Medical and Demographic History of Slavery in the British West Indies, 1680–1834 by Richard B. Sheridan