Publisher description for Health, medicine, and the sea : Australian voyages, c.1815-1860 / Katherine Foxhall.

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During the nineteenth century, over 1.5 million migrants set sail from the British Isles to begin new lives in the Australian colonies. Health, Medicine and the Sea follows these people on a fascinating journey around half the globe to give a rich account of the creation of lay and professional medical knowledge in an ever-changing maritime environment. From consumptive convicts who pleaded that going to sea was their only chance of recovery, to sailors who performed macabre "medical" rituals during equatorial ceremonies off the African coast, to surgeons' formal experiments with scurvy in the southern hemisphere oceans, to furious letters from quarantined emigrants just a few miles from Sydney, this wide-ranging and evocative study brings the experience and meaning of voyaging to life. Katherine Foxhall makes an important contribution to the history of medicine, imperialism, and migration which will appeal to students and researchers alike.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Penal transportation -- Australia -- History -- 19th century.
Prisoners -- Transportation -- Medical care -- History -- 19th century.
Convict ships -- Health aspects.
Prisoners -- Health and hygiene.
Prisoners -- Australia -- History -- 19th century.
Naval Medicine -- history -- Australia.
Naval Medicine -- history -- Great Britain.
History, 19th Century -- Australia.
History, 19th Century -- Great Britain.
Oceans and Seas -- Australia.
Oceans and Seas -- Great Britain.
Prisoners -- history -- Australia.
Prisoners -- history -- Great Britain.
Transients and Migrants -- history -- Australia.
Transients and Migrants -- history -- Great Britain.
Travel Medicine -- history -- Australia.
Travel Medicine -- history -- Great Britain.