The Emergence of Tropical Medicine in France
Osborne argues that physicians formulated localized concepts of diseases according to specific climatic and meteorological conditions, and assessed, diagnosed, and treated patients according to their ethnic and cultural origins. He also demonstrates that regions, more so than a coherent nation, built the empire and specific medical concepts and practices. Thus, by considering tropical medicine’s distinctive history, Osborne brings to light a more comprehensive and nuanced view of French medicine, medical geography, and race theory, all the while acknowledging the navy’s crucial role in combating illness and investigating the racial dimensions of health.
North American Society for Oceanic History: John Lyman Book Prize (NASOH)
HM in category of "Naval and Maritime Science and Technology"
Introduction: Place, Medicine, and the Colonial Situation
One. Emplacements: Medicine, the Navy, and the Enlightenment Heritage
Two. A Medicine and Hygiene of Place
Three. Medical Constructions of Race: Biological Determinism and Anthropological Pluralism
Four. Belligerence, Bombs, and Bordeaux: A New Place for Naval and Colonial Medicine
Five. The Emergence of Colonial Medicine in Marseille
S. Colonial Medicine at the Paris Faculty of Medicine