Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-260) and index.
Pt. 1. Overview of Enslavement and Medicine. Ch. 1. The History and Scholarship of Enslavement and Medicine. Ch. 2. "Slave Medicine": The Extent of Medical Care of Enslaved Africans. Ch. 3. Brutality/Punishment and the Issue of Medical Health Care. Ch. 4. Protection of Property and Legislation. Ch. 5. Labor and Medical Health Care -- Pt. 2. Africans, Medical Theories and Practices. Ch. 6. Human/Subhuman Issue: Physiological and Pseudo-Scientific Theories. Ch. 7. Medical Management, Practices and the Hospital Experience. Ch. 8. Medical Experiments, Treatments, Surgical Procedures and Post-Mortem Examinations. Ch. 9. "Negro/Slave Diseases" and other Illness Attributed to or Affecting Enslaved Africans -- Pt. 3. African Materia Medica and Enslavement. Ch. 10. Characterizations of African Medicine. Ch. 11. African Perceptions of Slaveocracy Medicine. Ch. 12. The Traditional African Worldview and Medicine. Ch. 13. African Agency in the Care and Treatment of Illness/Disease.
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.