"The Yellow Demon of Fever" by Manuel Barcia

The Yellow Demon of Fever Fighting Disease in the Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Slave Trade Manuel Barcia

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
23 Jun 2020
ISBN:
9780300215854
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
296 pages: 235 x 156mm
Illustrations:
23 b-w illus.
Sales territories:
World

As the slave trade brought Europeans, Africans, and Americans into contact, diseases were traded along with human lives. Manuel Barcia examines the battle waged against disease, where traders and planters fought against loss of profits while enslaved Africans fought for survival. Although efforts to control disease and stop epidemics from spreading brought little success, the medical knowledge generated by slaves, slave traders, plantation owners, and doctors contributed to momentous change in the medical cultures of the Atlantic world.

Manuel Barcia is Chair of Global History at the University of Leeds and a recipient of the Philip Leverhulme Prize in History. He lives in Leeds, UK.