Zachary DornerSep 18, 2020
Merchants of Medicine
The Commerce and Coercion of Health in Britain’s Long Eighteenth Century
University of Chicago Press 2020
In Merchants of Medicine: The Commerce and Coercion of Health in Britain’s Long Eighteenth Century (The University of Chicago Press), medicines embody the hopes of those who prepared, sold, and ingested them.
By investigating the different contexts and practices associated with the British long-distance trade in patent medicines, Zachary Dorner unravels the intertwined history of financial markets, health concerns, and colonial warfare. He argues that from the late seventeenth-century, medicines were produced, distributed, and consumed in new ways, providing solutions to the problems of labor shortages in the armed forces, trading companies and plantations, while also informing the categories of difference that organized such institutions.
Zachary Dorner is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the University Honors program at the University of Maryland, College Park.