The title Secret Cures of Slaves is somewhat ambiguous: Is the book dealing with cures that slaves themselves practiced, or with the treatments that were applied to them? In fact it is dealing with both, though the emphasis is clearly on the latter, focusing on scientific experiments conducted by French and British physicians in the West Indies in the late eighteenth century. Londa Schiebinger is well known for her scholarly publications in this field, and a number of the chapters draw on these. Four of the book's five chapters discuss the particular experiments that were conducted and address the questions about the origins of remedies, how human subjects were chosen, and how bodies were differentiated in terms of race, gender, and age. Schiebinger acknowledges that experimentation was not new but argues that the practices that developed in Europe in the eighteenth century...

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