Scots doctors in the West Indies

Douglas J. Hamilton

in Scotland, the Caribbean and the Atlantic World 1750–1820

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780719071829
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702321 | DOI:
Scots doctors in the West Indies

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This chapter examines the work of Scots in the Caribbean as doctors. It suggests that like other ventures, the recruitment of doctors for the Caribbean plantations relied on Scottish networks. It highlights the fact that practice in the Caribbean often led to doctors acquiring considerable wealth, partly from their professional roles and partly from their diversification into other realms of West Indian profits. This chapter also contends that the role of Scots in the collection and dissemination of medical and botanical intelligence extended the frontiers of European knowledge of the tropical environment and this production of knowledge contributed to the process of accommodation between the metropolitan state and the colonies.

Keywords: doctors; Scots; Caribbean plantations; medical intelligence; tropical environment; metropolitan state; colonies

Chapter.  13195 words. 

Subjects: Colonialism and Imperialism

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