Slavery and Medicine: Enslavement and Medical Practices in Antebellum Louisiana

1st Edition

Katherine Bankole

Routledge
March 31, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 280 Pages
ISBN 9781138012059 - CAT# Y164624
Series: Studies in African American History and Culture

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Summary

This study re-evaluates the field known as Negro/Slave Medicine, which has traditionally focused on the efforts of slaveowners to provide medical care for their slaves, addressing the slaves' proactive management of medical care; brutality as a cause of the constant need for medical attention; and the health risks posed by arduous agricultural labor. This groundbreaking study offers insight into the health problems facing enslaved people, their attempts to deal with the causes and effects of illness and injury, and the slave owners' attitudes toward the medical treatment of slaves. The appendices present valuable data on the medical treatment of enslaved African Americans from the Touro Infirmary Archives that have never before been published.

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