Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Distant freedom"St Helena and the abolition of the slave trade, 1840-1872"$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Andrew Pearson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781781382837

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781382837.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM LIVERPOOL SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.liverpool.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Liverpool University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in LSO for personal use.date: 29 May 2022

‘All, all, without avail’

‘All, all, without avail’

Medicine and the Liberated Africans

(p.154) Chapter Five ‘All, all, without avail’
Distant freedom

Andrew Pearson

Liverpool University Press

The Africans disembarked at St Helena suffered from the same gamut of disease as the millions who had preceded them on the Middle Passage. Medical treatment lay at the core of the Establishment’s operation and also provided one of the major points of contact between European and African within the depot, but its application was in many ways unsatisfactory. St Helena had long been the saving of European mariners but the same did not hold true for the liberated Africans, who died in their thousands. For many of them the hospital was merely an interim step between the slave ship and the graveyards. Chapter Five addresses this subject, considering disease, medicine and mortality. It investigates the extent to which the medical science of the period was capable of curing the diseases of the slave ship and its aftermath. And, in those instances where viable solutions to disease existed but were not implemented, it seeks to understand the balance of blame, between those working in the depots, the St Helenian authorities and the British government.

Keywords:   Disease, Medical treatment, Medicine, Middle Passage, Mortality

Liverpool Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.