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Surgeons, smallpox and the poor : a history of medicine and social conditions in Nova Scotia, 1749-1799

Marble, Allan Everett

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ISBN 10: 0773509887 / ISBN 13: 9780773509887
Published by Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, 1993
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Fine cloth copy in an equally fine dust wrapper. Particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and especially sharp-cornered. Physical description; xvi, 356 pages: illustrations, maps, portraits; 24 cm. Notes; Includes bibliographic references (p.[219]-330) and index. Summary; Beginning with an account of the settlement of Halifax, Marble documents the care taken by the Lords of Trade and Plantations to provide proper food and health care during the settlers' passage across the Atlantic in May and June of 1749. He chronicles the rendezvous of regiments and ships in Halifax between 1755 and 1763, examining the two smallpox epidemics which followed their arrival. He deals with the treatment of the poor in Nova Scotia between the Seven Years War and the American Revolution, showing that many in this group were camp followers who had been abandoned by regiments that had left Halifax. Financial resources previously directed towards providing medical services for citizens had to be redirected to feed, clothe, and shelter such individuals. A third smallpox epidemic struck Nova Scotia in 1775-76 and, as Marble demonstrates, prevented the Americans from attacking Halifax. He examines the initial unsuccessful attempt to regulate the practice of medicine in Nova Scotia and explores the reasons the region lagged behind Lower Canada and the American colonies in this regard. Marble covers all aspects of health care, including hospitals, the training and practices of physicians and surgeons, the use of patent medicines, and the various types of medical and surgical treatments. As well, he has made a thorough study of individual patients through their wills, diaries, and personal letters. Subjects; 18th century. Medicine - History - 18th century. Delivery of Health Care - history. Social Conditions - history. Medicine. Poor - Medical care. Smallpox. Social conditions. Small pox - Nova Scotia - History - 18th century. Poor - Medical care - Nova Scotia - History - 18th century. Nova Scotia - Social conditions - History - 18th century. Nova Scotia - Social conditions - To 1867. Infectious & contagious diseases; Anthropology; Health systems & services. Canada. MEDICAL / Health Care Delivery. HISTORY / General. Genres; Bibliography. Illustrated. text. Bookseller Inventory # 227042

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Title: Surgeons, smallpox and the poor : a history ...

Publisher: Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition.

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Beginning with an account of the settlement of Halifax, Marble documents the care taken by the Lords of Trade and Plantations to provide proper food and health care during the settlers' passage across the Atlantic in May and June of 1749. He chronicles the rendezvous of regiments and ships in Halifax between 1755 and 1763, examining the two smallpox epidemics which followed their arrival. He deals with the treatment of the poor in Nova Scotia between the Seven Years War and the American Revolution, showing that many in this group were camp followers who had been abandoned by regiments that had left Halifax. Financial resources previously directed towards providing medical services for citizens had to be redirected to feed, clothe, and shelter such individuals. A third smallpox epidemic struck Nova Scotia in 1775-76 and, as Marble demonstrates, prevented the Americans from attacking Halifax. He examines the initial unsuccessful attempt to regulate the practice of medicine in Nova Scotia and explores the reasons the region lagged behind Lower Canada and the American colonies in this regard. Marble covers all aspects of health care, including hospitals, the training and practices of physicians and surgeons, the use of patent medicines, and the various types of medical and surgical treatments. As well, he has made a thorough study of individual patients through their wills, diaries, and personal letters.

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"This study is of prime importance for Canadian social and political history, and for the history of medicine in Canada ... The author has combed rich archival collections with great care to sift out the relevant material, most of it new and important for the history of medicine in Canada." Pauline Mazumdar, Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto.

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