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The suppression of the Atlantic slave tradeBritish policies, practices and representations of naval coercion$
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Burroughs Roberts and Huzzey Richard

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719085116

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719085116.001.0001

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British and African health in the anti-slave-trade squadron

British and African health in the anti-slave-trade squadron

(p.95) Chapter Five British and African health in the anti-slave-trade squadron
The suppression of the Atlantic slave trade

John Rankin

Manchester University Press

Extraordinary mortality rates in the West African Squadron ensured that physical wellbeing was foremost among the concerns of those to whom the task of implementing naval suppression fell. Combining statistical analysis of some 1900 individual cases extracted from daily sick lists with qualitative interpretation of naval surgeons’ logs, John Rankin’s chapter investigates medical practices in the West African Squadron. His research explores the provision of medical care in naval ships; attitudes of surgeons toward white and black sailors and slaves/liberated Africans; medical and other responses to liberated Africans’ mental distress; discipline and reprimand as safeguards against disease; activities of sailors on shore leave; the ‘White Man’s Grave’ as image and lived reality; Africans’ accommodation of, resistance to, and influence upon the practice of naval medicine.

Keywords:   Medicine, Slave Trade, Africa, Race, African, Navy, Sailors, Health

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