From Sail to Steam: Health, Medicine and the Victorian Navy (360G-Wellcome-094316_Z_10_Z)
The programme seeks to determine the degree to which the Navy affected the development of medicine in Britain and how effectively the Navy was able to deal with the medical challenges posed by the transition from sail to steam and its new imperial role. Firstly, this study will place the Navy at the centre of debates over disease causation and public health, domestically and internationally, as the Navy was the focus of several diplomatic incidents involving the spread of infection. The research programme will also explore the Navy's formative influence upon the development of state health care and on disciplines such as epidemiology. Secondly, the research programme will place health and medical considerations at the centre of naval historiography, showing that naval health became an important political subject from the 1840s and that the operational difficulties posed by disease and medical care had much broader ramifictions. In order to understand how successfully the Navy coped with such problems, the project will examine the status of naval surgeons and their ability to effect reform on naval vessels. These goals will be realized in the form of several scholary monographs and articles and through engagement with the public and serving naval officers.
£716,130 11 Nov 2010