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dc.contributor.authorGillin, Edward
dc.date.accessioned2018-08-24T08:46:24Z
dc.date.available2018-08-24T08:46:24Z
dc.date.issued2018-08-01
dc.identifier.issn1477-4666
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/279003
dc.description.abstractIn 1841 the British government supported an expedition to the River Niger. This venture aimed to spread Christianity and encourage the abolition of slavery in the region, but the high mortality rates due to tropical disease presented a threat to the undertaking. To resolve this problem, the three expedition steamships were built as giant ventilating systems, under the direction of chemist David Boswell Reid. Grounded on miasmic notions of disease, it was hoped that these vessels would purify the air for the expedition’s crew and protect them from the ravages of malaria and yellow fever. This article examines how contemporaries evaluated the performance of this ventilation scheme. It argues that the credibility of Reid’s apparatus was highly political and engendered differing imperial agendas. In Victorian Britain, the potential for ventilation technology to assist colonial expansion was debated through differing accounts of the Niger Expedition as either a success or failure.
dc.publisherOxford University Press
dc.subjectimperialism
dc.subjectventilation
dc.subjectNiger Expedition
dc.subjecttropical disease
dc.subjecttechnology
dc.subjectDavid Reid
dc.subjectVictorian
dc.titleScience on the Niger: Ventilation and Tropical Disease during the 1841 Niger Expedition
dc.typeArticle
prism.endingPage626
prism.issueIdentifier3
prism.publicationDate2018
prism.publicationNameSocial History of Medicine
prism.startingPage605
prism.volume31
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.26379
dcterms.dateAccepted2016-06-30
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1093/shm/hkx073
rioxxterms.versionAM
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://www.rioxx.net/licenses/all-rights-reserved
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2018-08-01
dc.contributor.orcidGillin, Edward [0000-0001-9449-9292]
dc.identifier.eissn1477-4666
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review
pubs.funder-project-idEuropean Research Council (638241)
cam.issuedOnline2017-09-14
rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2019-09-14


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