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dc.contributor.authorMitchell, Sarahen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:52:07Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:52:07Z
dc.date.issued1997-05-02en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-65172149731401en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/36885
dc.description.abstractThe influence of slaves on the south is well documented in areas such as agriculture, music, diet, religion and language. This thesis extends the list to include medicine. It also suggests that the importance of cultural transfer to America from places other than Europe has been overlooked in the history of medicine. The medical influence of slaves took the form of botanical remedies, many of them with an African origin, and were disseminated through the treatments of slave healers. Slave medical knowledge offered a viable alternative for whites to both nineteenth-century "heroic" practices and to alternative methods, such as homeopathy and Thomsonianism. In addition, the slave's body itself was a vehicle of medical influence. Informed by nineteenth-century beliefs about the differences between whites and blacks, antebellum physicians performed experiments upon slave bodies that they could not and did not perform on whites'. Transfer of slave medical knowledge was facilitated by personal contact between individuals, by the publicity surrounding slaves who were set free for revealing cures, through the services of slave healers, through newspapers and medical journals in which whites wrote of slave treatments and acknowledged the source of the information, and through word of mouth. This study uses the theme of ambivalence to reconcile the conflicting attitudes of southern physicians and slaveowners towards slave medical knowledge.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.relation.haspartINTRO.PDFen_US
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dc.rightsI hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the right to archive and to make available my thesis or dissertation in whole or in part in the University Libraries in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all proprietary rights, such as patent rights. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis or dissertation.en_US
dc.subjectnoneen_US
dc.titleBodies of Knowledge: The Influence of Slaves on the Antebellum Medical Communityen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentHistoryen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairJones, Kathleen W.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBunch-Lyons, Beverlyen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberShifflett, Crandall A.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-65172149731401/en_US
dc.date.sdate1998-07-12en_US
dc.date.rdate1998-05-02
dc.date.adate1997-05-02en_US


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