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Medicine in an age of Commerce and Empire: Britain and its Tropical Colonies 1660-1830

Mark Harrison


This book examines the consequences of commercial and imperial expansion for British medicine between roughly 1660 and 1830. It pays particular attention to the development of medical ideas and practices in India and the British West Indies and their impact on medicine at home. The book argues that the tropical colonies were important sites of innovation and that the experience gained by practitioners working there transformed medical practice in ways which have not been fully appreciated. India, the West Indies, and other overseas outposts offered tremendous scope for those seeking to underst ... More

Keywords: British Army, colonies, commerce, Dissent, empiricism, hospital medicine, India, reform, Royal Navy, West Indies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199577736
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577736.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Harrison, author
Professor of the History of Medicine and Director of the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, University of Oxford
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