Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 July 2016

256 Pages | Halftones, black & white|Maps

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9781784993610

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Health, medicine, and the sea

Australian voyages, c.1815-60

First Edition

Katherine Foxhall

Published by Manchester University Press

  • New in Paperback
  • Beautifully written and carefully argued, this book brings to life the importance of voyaging for a crucial period of British colonial expansion and changing medical knowledge
  • Its innovative narrative structure traces the geography of Australian voyages through Atlantic and southern oceans, to vividly evoke the experience and effects of being at sea for several months
  • In every chapter, fascinating case studies bring the hopes, dreams, fears and worldview of individuals to life, from the poorest convicts and emigrants to the most ambitious naval surgeon
  • Combining thorough research and a fresh approach to wide-ranging sources, it radically revises our understanding of maritime medicine and makes a major contribution to the social history of health and migration
  • Insights from medical, environmental, penal, colonial and social history bring Britain and Australia together in a fascinating history about the making of medical knowledge, and the importance of migration to colonialism

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