Pathology, physiology, and race

Mark Harrison

in Medicine in an age of Commerce and Empire

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199577736
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595196 | DOI:
Pathology, physiology, and race

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The final chapter of Part I examines the relationships between pathology, nervous physiology, and notions of race during the early nineteenth century. The chapter is divided between British India and the West Indies, the latter section concentrating on the pathology and physiology of yellow fever. The chapter shows how pathological ideas were disseminated within the colonies and more widely through channels such as Edinburgh University. It also examines the emergence of clinico‐anatomical medicine in Paris from the 1790s and its affects on colonial medicine. It argues that Paris Medicine was grafted onto an already vibrant tradition of hospital medicine in the British colonies and that while colonial practitioners were enthusiastic promoters of French medicine, they did so partly to vindicate their own long‐established practices.

Keywords: Edinburgh University; nervous system; Paris Medicine; pathology; physiology; race; yellow fever

Chapter.  13194 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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