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“The Hardships he labours under... in that severe Climate:” Environment, Seasonality, and British Military Operations in Northern Temperate North America 1756–1814

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posted on 2024-04-06, 19:51 authored by Erin Spinney

This paper examines the unique challenges of practicing medicine by British Army and Royal Navy medical practitioners in the cold climates of colonial British North America during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. I consider how army and naval medical practitioners characterised the northern temperate climate and how these perceptions influenced medical practice. Additionally, the paper illustrates the interactions between seasonality, supply and transportation difficulties, and the logistics of using local resources of wood and coal for fuel in army and naval hospitals. 

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Jennifer Bonnell, Sean Kheraj, and Claire Campbell

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Spinney, Erin. ““The Hardships he labours under ... in that severe Climate:” Environment, Seasonality, and British Military Operations in Northern Temperate North America 1756–1814” Papers in Canadian History and Environment, no. 5 (March 2024): 1-45.

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