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Author Bruijn, Iris Diane Rosemary, 1958-
Title Ship's surgeons of the Dutch East India Company : commerce and the progress of medicine in the eighteenth century / Iris Bruijn
Imprint [Leiden] : Leiden University Press, c2009
book jacket
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  RC986 B892 2009    AVAILABLE    30530001033885
Descript 388 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Introduction: coping with a black legend -- The surgeon's tale: the development of surgery -- The world of the East India Company surgeon -- The medical service of the Dutch East India Company -- The geographic origin of the Company's surgeons -- The career of the Company surgeons -- 'Great expectations'! -- Conclusion: the surgeon's legacy
"The ship's surgeons in the employ of the Dutch East India Company were responsible for the healthcare on board the ships and in the hospitals founded by the Company in a vast geographical area expanding from South Africa to Japan. They were not highly regarded by their contemporaries, who criticised them for being little more than barbers or loblolly boys. The author of this fascinating study paints the true picture of the profession, drawing on her analysis of data for some 3,000 ship's surgeons in the Company's service, and including the recruitment policy of the Company, the career of the surgeons, their geographical origins, their life expectancy, to mention but a few. The results of her analysis, based on many hitherto unpublished sources, show this negative image to be a myth. The surgeons were, as a rule, fairly well educated according to the standards of their time. The tragic fact that they were confronted with diseases unknown in Europe and incurable at the time contributed to the sailors' and the society's dismissive attitude to their skills."--Publisher's description
Subject Ship physicians -- Netherlands -- History -- 18th century
Nederlandsche Oost-Indische Compagnie -- History -- 18th century
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