Medical reform in Jamaica, 1826-43: imperial and colonial contexts

Seminars in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology
Abstract: This paper covers the battle in Jamaica between 1826 and 1843 for a College of Physicians and Surgeons that would license medical practitioners and regulate medical practice.  It will highlight how the radical ideas of metropolitan reformers such as Thomas Wakley for overhauling the medical practice in Britain spread overseas, and the difficulties that liberal supporters in Jamaica found putting them into practice.  In particular, the plan by the College to examine local candidates by viva and grant them licenses to practice was a liberal step that generated opposition from conservative doctors and planters in Jamaica, who worried that it would break down social and racial boundaries, and from the medical establishment in London, who saw it as a plot by Wakley and other reformers to break their own contested monopoly on licensing in England.   Imperial and colonial medical politics therefore intersected and interacted, to shape the flow of new practices between Britain and the wider world.
Conveners: Rob Iliffe, Mark Harrison, Sloan Mahone, Erica Charters
Coffee will be available in the Common Room from 15:30.  All welcome to attend
22 May
  • Aaron Graham (Seoul National University/University of Oxford)
Seminars in the History of Science, Medicine and Technology
History Faculty, George Street, Oxford OX1 2RL