Article ID: CBB001213453

Circulation of Medicine in the Early Modern Atlantic World (2013)


Cook, Harold John (Author)
Walker, Timothy Dale (Author)

Social History of Medicine
Volume: 26, no. 3
Issue: 3
Pages: 337-351

Publication Date: 2013
Edition Details: Lead article in a special section, “Mobilising Medicine: Trade & Healing in the Early Modern Atlantic World”
Language: English

The search for powerful drugs has caused people and commodities to move around the globe for many centuries, as it still does, for it profits both states of bodily well-being and the pocketbook. For thousands of years, medicinals had been among the valuables traded throughout the Old World of Eurasia and Africa. When European merchant venturers went in search of Asian sources of wealth such as spices, and in working their way along the African coast bumped into lands to the west that were eventually recognised to be a New World, sustained interaction between the hemispheres was initiated for the first time. The continuing search for beneficial substances played its part in the new global commerce, and prospecting for spices and medicines brought Europeans into conversations with other peoples of the Atlantic rim, from whom they learned a very great deal. As they entered into medical exchanges, other kinds of innovations, such as new surgical practices and fresh information about the natural world, emerged as well. In connecting the circuits of exchange that enabled Atlantic commerce, then, European ships moved not only people and goods but knowledge from place to place.


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Includes Series Articles

Article Schiebinger, Londa (2013) Medical Experimentation and Race in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World. Social History of Medicine (pp. 364-382). unapi

Article Gómez, Pablo F. (2013) The Circulation of Bodily Knowledge in the Seventeenth-Century Black Spanish Caribbean. Social History of Medicine (pp. 383-402). unapi

Article Wilson, Renate (2013) Trading in Drugs through Philadelphia in the Eighteenth Century: A Transatlantic Enterprise. Social History of Medicine (pp. 352-363). unapi

Article Walker, Timothy D. (2013) The Medicines Trade in the Portuguese Atlantic World: Acquisition and Dissemination of Healing Knowledge from Brazil (c. 1580--1800). Social History of Medicine (pp. 403-431). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Roberts, Lissa Louise
Digby, Anne
Akasoy, Anna
Yoeli-Tlalim, Ronit
Ming, Chen
Landgraf, Susanne
Social History of Medicine
Medicina nei Secoli - Arte e Scienza
Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity
Journal of Global History
Würzburger Medizinhistorische Mitteilungen
History of Technology
LIT Verlag
Harrassowitz Verlag
University of Pennsylvania Press
Rowman & Littlefield
University of Pittsburgh Press
Cross-cultural interaction; cultural influence
Trade routes
Cross-national interaction
Holwarda, Johannes Phocylides
Time Periods
Early modern
16th century
19th century
17th century
18th century
Atlantic world
Middle and Near East
Dutch East India Company
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)

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