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From Siam to New York: Jacques May and the ‘foundation’ of medical geography

From Siam to New York: Jacques May and the ‘foundation’ of medical geography
From Siam to New York: Jacques May and the ‘foundation’ of medical geography
The history of medical geography is marked by a search for ancestors. The story usually begins in the writing of Hippocrates before re-emerging in the works of 18th and 19th century practitioners. In recent years, historical geographers have called for the destabilising of such assertions of lineage and descent. This paper offers are consideration of the history of medical geography through an exploration of the often hidden connections and intersections that have helped to frame the future trajectory of the sub-discipline. More specifically, we focus on the important contribution made by Dr Jacques Meyer May and offer a complex and multi-layered account that examines the close interweaving of his work as a colonial surgeon and specialist in tropical medicine and his roleas a medical geographer in the United States.
medical geography, history, imperial medicine, colonial discourse
0305-7488
747-763
Brown, Tim
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Moon, Graham
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Brown, Tim
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Brown, Tim and Moon, Graham (2004) From Siam to New York: Jacques May and the ‘foundation’ of medical geography. Journal of Historical Geography, 30 (4), 747-763. (doi:10.1016/j.jhg.2003.08.018).

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Abstract

The history of medical geography is marked by a search for ancestors. The story usually begins in the writing of Hippocrates before re-emerging in the works of 18th and 19th century practitioners. In recent years, historical geographers have called for the destabilising of such assertions of lineage and descent. This paper offers are consideration of the history of medical geography through an exploration of the often hidden connections and intersections that have helped to frame the future trajectory of the sub-discipline. More specifically, we focus on the important contribution made by Dr Jacques Meyer May and offer a complex and multi-layered account that examines the close interweaving of his work as a colonial surgeon and specialist in tropical medicine and his roleas a medical geographer in the United States.

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Published date: October 2004
Keywords: medical geography, history, imperial medicine, colonial discourse
Organisations: Economy Culture & Space, PHEW – P (Population Health)

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Local EPrints ID: 55398
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/55398
ISSN: 0305-7488
PURE UUID: e7922afe-813d-491a-a898-c47a92a8c248
ORCID for Graham Moon: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7256-8397

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Date deposited: 31 Jul 2008
Last modified: 16 Jun 2021 01:40

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Author: Tim Brown
Author: Graham Moon ORCID iD

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