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The Hierarchies of Slavery in Santos, Brazil, 1822-1888$
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Ian Read

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804774147

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804774147.001.0001

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Illness, Recovery, and Death

Illness, Recovery, and Death

(p.125) Chapter Five Illness, Recovery, and Death
The Hierarchies of Slavery in Santos, Brazil, 1822-1888
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This chapter examines the illness, medical care, and death of slaves in Santos, Brazil during the 1800s. It explains that the most common causes of death among slaves during this period were tuberculosis, tetanus, gastrointestinal diseases, and parasitic worms, and provides evidence of the steep hierarchies within slavery when they struggled against fatal illness and injuries. The chapter also describes the funeral rites for the slaves, and highlights the increased risk for both slaves and their masters as the township became more densely populated.

Keywords:   slaves, illnesses, medical care, Santos, Brazil, tuberculosis, tetanus, gastrointestinal diseases, parasitic worms, funeral rites

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