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Author Name:    CARLSON, Dennis G. TAYLOR, Carl E., foreword STNSELL, Susette Sites

Title:   African Fever : A Study of British Science, Technology, and Politics in West Africa, 1787-1864.. First Edition in dustjacket

Publisher:    Science History Publications, U.S.A., Canton, MA, 1984, ISBN:0882021966 

Seller ID:   110247

CARLSON, Dennis G. African Fever : A Study of British Science, Technology, and Politics in West Africa, 1787-1864. Foreword by Carl E. Taylor. Illustrations by Susette Sites Stansell. (Canton, MA) : Science History Publications, U.S.A., (1984). First Edition. Pp (12),[xiii]-xviii,(2),[1]-108. Illustrated. Maps. Index. 8vo, green cloth, gile lettering to spine. "Few periodsin the history of medicine have demonstrated the combination of adventure, glamour, and hardship to be found in records of the pioneers of tropical m edicine during the Age of European Imperial Expansion. Physicians, statisticians, and other scientists, espesially from England, France, and Germany, made dramatic discoveries which made the colonial and military expansion ofthe time possible. Medical research, and the new health measures that foll owed, removed the major barriers which through the centuries had protected Africa from outside intrusion. First slavery, then commerce and trade accompanied by missionary evangelism provided the motivation which brought Europeans and Americans to the areas of sub-Sahara Africa which had previously been inhabited only by "natives." EpidemoJogical investigation superceded speculation about why the white man was more susceptible to local diseases. West Africa became known as "The White Man's Grave," largely because ol African Fever. This volume fills an important gap in medical history by focusing on this aggregation of pathological entities and unravelling the strands of scientific enquiry that opened the doors ol understanding about possiblecontrol measures. We have learned enough to protect the health of the elit e and foreigners in West Africa. In reviewing progress in studying fevers, the author raises some important general questions; such as, why did it take so long to get general acceptance of the value of quinine as an effectivecurative and prophylactic measure? In the resistance to this effective the rapy, how important was the blocking effect of dogmatic thinking about the prior standard therapies such as bleeding and the use of toxic levels of mercury?" (from the dj). Contents : Foreword; Preface; Lure and Danger; Marshes and Miasms; Theoretical Chaos; Bleeding, Mercury, and Tonics; Changing Analysis; Toward a New Paradigm; Quinine and Imperialism; Afterword; Apppendix. Bookplate, else very good in dustjacket. 150.00


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