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Health, Medicine and Empire: Perspectives on Colonial India

Mark Harrison (Editor) Biswamoy Pati (Editor)
Synopsis This collection of essays weaves together several themes related to the social history of health and medicine in colonial India. Its focus ranges from analysing Europe’s relationship with India’s indigenous medical systems, to case studies of two mental asylums (in Madras and Lucknow), the location of the leprosy asylum, the technological aspects and social implications of the colonial vaccination policy, and to colonial interventions related specifically to cholera and plague in the pilgrimage centres of Puri and Pandharpur. It also examines indigenous initiatives associated with the Indian drug industry and the Unani medical system and their interactions with the colonial health establishment and modern medicine. Besides charting out hitherto unexplored areas in the history and historiography of colonial medicine and its articulation with indigenous systems, this book demonstrates the rich possibilities of inter-disciplinary research. Of particular interest to the specialist reader, it is also useful to those working on modern Indian history, cultural studies and sociology.
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About the authors

Mark Harrison

Mark Harrison is Director of the Welcome Unit for the History of Medicine at the University of Oxford and Reader in the History of Medicine within the Modern History faculty. His books include Public Health in British India: Anglo Indian Preventive Medicine, 1859-1914 (Cambridge University Press, 1994) and Medicine and Victory: British Military Medicine in World War Two (Oxford University Press, 2004), and articles on various aspects of the history of war, imperialism and medicine.

Biswamoy Pati

Biswamoy Pati teachers at the Department of History, Sri Venkateswara college, University of Delhi. He is the author of Resisting Domination: Peasant, Tribals and the National Movement in Orissa, 1920-1950 (1993), Situating Social History: Orissa, 1800-1997 (2001) and Identity, Hegemony, Resistance: Towards a Social History of Conversions in India, 1800-2000 (2003). He has edited Turbulent Times: India, 1940-44 (1998) and Issues in Modern Indian History: for Sumit Sarkar (2000), and co-edited Health, Medicine and Empire: Perspectives on Colonial India (2001).

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Title Health, Medicine and Empire: Perspectives on Colonial India
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition Reprint
Language: English
isbn 8125020179
length x+408p., Tables; Bibliography; Index; 22cm.
Subjects History