The Social History of Health and Medicine in Colonial India

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-02-03
  • Publisher: Routledge

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This book analyzes the diverse facets of the social history of health and medicine in colonial India. It explores a unique set of themes that capture the diversities of India, such as public health, medical institutions, mental illness and the politics and economics of colonialism. Based on inter-disciplinary research, the contributions offer valuable insight into topics that have recently received increased scholarly attention, including the use of opiates and the role of advertising in driving medical markets. The contributors, both established and emerging scholars in the field, incorporate sources ranging from palm leaf manuscripts to archival materials. This book will be of interest to scholars of history, especially the history of medicine and the history of colonialism and imperialism, sociology, social anthropology, cultural theory, and South Asian Studies, as well as to health workers and NGOs.

Table of Contents

Ranald Martin's Medical Topography [1837]: The Emergence of Public Health in Calcutta
The Haj pilgrimage and Issues of Health
Subordinate Negotiations: The Indigenous Staff, Colonial state and Public Health
Quarantine and Empire: British-Indian Sanitary Strategies in Central Asia, 1897-1907
Medical Research and Control of Disease:
Kala-azar in British India
The Leprosy Patient and Society: Colonial Orissa, 1870s-1940s
Medical and Colonial Power: The Case of the Mentally Ill in Nineteenth Century Bengal
Prejudices Clung to by the Natives: Ethnicity in the Indian Army and Hospitals for Sepoys, c. 1870s-90s
Pathologies: Morbid Anatomy in British India, 1770-1850
Pharmacology, Indigenous Knowledge, Nationalism:
Few Words from the Epitaph of Subaltern Science
Creating a Medical Consumer: An Analytical Study of Advertisements
Opium as a Household Remedy in Nineteenth Century Western India?
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