Slavery and Medicine
Enslavement and Medical Practices in Antebellum Louisiana
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.
Table of Contents
PART ONE— OVERVIEW OF ENSLAVEMENT AND MEDICINE, PART TWO—AFRICANS, MEDICAL THEORIES AND PRACTICES, PART THREE—AFRICAN MATERIA MEDICA AND ENSLAVEMENT
Katherine Bankole PhD