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

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), pp. 747-763. (doi:10.1016/j.jhg.2003.08.018).


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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 a reconsideration 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 role as a medical geographer in the United States.

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Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/j.jhg.2003.08.018
ISSNs: 0305-7488 (print)
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Keywords: medical geography, history, imperial medicine, colonial discourse

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October 2004Published
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 17:43
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