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Sex, Sickness, and SlaveryIllness in the Antebellum South$
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Marli F. Weiner and Mazie Hough

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036996

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036996.001.0001

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The Body Politic

The Body Politic

(p.213) Conclusion The Body Politic
Sex, Sickness, and Slavery

Marli F. Weiner

Mazie Hough

University of Illinois Press

This conclusion discusses the political significance of different definitions of the body for slaves, slaveholders, and physicians in the antebellum South. It begins by telling the story of T. S. Hopkins, a physician from Waynesville, Georgia, who published an article titled “A Remarkable Case of Feigned Disease” in the March 1853 Charleston Medical Journal and Review. In his article, Hopkins presented “the history of the case” of a slave man named Nat, who was suffering from “liver affection.” The doctor initially interpreted Nat's condition in terms of hysteria, but later claimed it was “the result of a severe attack of climate fever.” This conclusion argues that Hopkins's presentation of Nat's story is illustrative of the ways in which the body politic of the South was rooted in race and sex. In particular, it considers Hopkins's recognition of the power of the body in defining slavery. It also describes how science and medicine reinforced each other; medicine served to define bodies and minds and their characteristics with the growing authority of science.

Keywords:   slaves, slaveholders, physicians, T. S. Hopkins, body politic, race, sex, slavery, science, medicine

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