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Health Policy in Britain's Model Colony: Ceylon (1900-1948)

Margaret Jones (Author)
Synopsis Was Western medicine a positive benefit of colonialism or one of its agents of oppression? This question has prompted a vigorous historical and political debate and is explored here in the context of the ‘model’ British colony of Ceylon. In this study, Margaret Jones emphasizes the need for both a broad perspective and a more complex analysis. Colonial medicine is critiqued not merely in the political and economic context of imperialism but also against the background of human needs and rights. Her research is underscored by a detailed analysis of public health measures and services in Ceylon. One of its key findings is the accommodation achieved between Western and indigenous medicine. Throughout this work, Jones provides nuanced readings of the categories of colonized and colonizer, as well as the concept of colonial medicine. Health Policy in Britain’s Model colony provides an understanding of historical trends while simultaneously avoiding generalizations that subsume events and actions. Written in a compelling and lucid style, it is a path-breaking contribution to the history of medicine.
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About the author

Margaret Jones

Margaret Jones is Research Officer at the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, University of Oxford. She has published widely in the history of colonial medicine and is joint editor of Beveridge to Blair: the First Fifty years of the British Welfare State (Manchester University Press, 2002).

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Title Health Policy in Britain's Model Colony: Ceylon (1900-1948)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8125027599
length xvi+305p., Tables; Appendix; Glossary; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.
Subjects History