Scots doctors in the West Indies
in Scotland, the Caribbean and the Atlantic world 1750–1820
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This chapter examines the work of Scots in the Caribbean as doctors. It suggests that like other ventures, the recruitment of doctors for the Caribbean plantations relied on Scottish networks. It highlights the fact that practice in the Caribbean often led to doctors acquiring considerable wealth, partly from their professional roles and partly from their diversification into other realms of West Indian profits. This chapter also contends that the role of Scots in the collection and dissemination of medical and botanical intelligence extended the frontiers of European knowledge of the tropical environment and this production of knowledge contributed to the process of accommodation between the metropolitan state and the colonies.

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