The British army in North America and the West Indies, 1755-83: a medical perspective.

Abstract

This chapter provides an analytical overview of the operational structure, hospital and regimental systems of military medical practice of the British Army in North Amercia and the West Indies, 1755-83, using a database of medical officers, regimental returns, lists of drugs used, correspondence and publications. Practice varied depending on location, season, and time of year, but cooperation between medical and general officers was crucial. Pringle's emphasis on environment influenced practice, with medics advocating preventative treatments. Army practitioners were among medical officers in the West Indies, at the forefront of moderate therapeutics.

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@article{Kopperman2007TheBA, title={The British army in North America and the West Indies, 1755-83: a medical perspective.}, author={Paul E Kopperman}, journal={Clio medica}, year={2007}, volume={81}, pages={51-86} }