Book ID: CBB510390199

Merchant Seamen's Health, 1860-1960: Medicine, Technology, Shipowners and the State in Britain (2014)


This book examines successive campaigns fought by reformers to improve seamen's health and fitness, sometimes aided by, often opposed by, bureaucracies and vested interests, such as ship-owners. It shows how these campaigns originated; how reformers, bureaucracies and vested interests interacted; and how far the campaigns succeeded. Among the many successes were the controls for infectious diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, tuberculosis and venereal infections; fewer accidents and health problems resulting from alcohol consumption; improvements to diet and medical care aboard ships; and improved assessment of seamen's fitness, including for colour blindness, an essential requirement following the introduction of coloured navigation lights. During this period up to three quarters of all merchant shipping was British-owned and, while some British approaches in the field of maritime safety were widely adopted internationally, it was often the case that other nations could teach Britain much about protecting the health of seamen.

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Review Elisabeth Solvang Koren (2016) Review of "Merchant Seamen's Health, 1860-1960: Medicine, Technology, Shipowners and the State in Britain". Bulletin of the History of Medicine (pp. 339-340). unapi

Review Richard Gorski (2015) Review of "Merchant Seamen's Health, 1860-1960: Medicine, Technology, Shipowners and the State in Britain". Social History of Medicine (pp. 936-937). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Jones, Greta
Malcolm, Elizabeth
Waddington, Keir
Kelly, James G.
Geary, Laurence M.
Froggatt, Peter
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
History of Science
Llull: Revista de la Sociedad Española de Historia de las Ciencias y de las Técnicas
Journal of the History of Biology
Korean Journal of Medical History
Medicina Historica
International Specialized Book Services
Lugar Editorial
State University of New York Press
McGill-Queen's University Press
Public health
Disease and diseases
Infectious diseases
Wilde, Robert Willis
Finlay, Carlos Juan
Ladoo, Harold Sonny
Cassin, Frieda
Kincaid, Jamaica
Great Britain
19th century
20th century
20th century, early
18th century
17th century
20th century, late
Royal Belfast Academical Institution
Catholic University of Ireland (Dublin)
World Health Organization (WHO)

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