A Singular Remedy
Cinchona Across the Atlantic World, 1751-1820
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Introduction. A singular remedy; I.1 The outlines of cinchona; I.2 An appraisal of the historiography; I.3 Book structure; 1. Origin stories; 1.1 Unalienable truths; 1.2 Botanists by instinct; 1.3 Illiterate saviours; 2. The demands of humanity; 2.1 World bark trade; 2.2 Geographies of consumption; 2.3 Limits to distribution; 3. Community of practice; 3.1 'Proper evacuations'; 3.2 Preparations of the bark; 3.3 Proprietary medicines; 4. Febrile situations; 4.1 Marshes and wetlands; 4.2 Cities, ships and camps; 4.3 'Hot climates'; 5. Harvests of change; 5.1 The growth regions; 5.2 The spectre of extinction; 5.3 The bark cutters; Conclusion. A plant of the world.
Innovative exploration of how medical knowledge was shared between and across diverse societies tied to the Atlantic World around 1800.