Medical Revolutionaries: The Enslaved Healers of Eighteenth-Century Saint Domingue

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Karol Kimberlee Weaver

2006

University of Illinois Press

 

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Herbalists, diviners, nurses, midwives, and veterinary practitioners flourished in the medical world of eighteenth-century Saint Domingue. Using Western, African, and Caribbean remedies, they treated the maladies of slaves, white residents, and animals. While these enslaved medical practitioners were an important part of the plantation economy and colonial prosperity, they ultimately roused their fellow slaves to rebel against and overthrow French rule.

 

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