Health, Medicine and Empire (Perspectives on Colonial India)

Health, Medicine and Empire (Perspectives on Colonial India)

Item Code: IDI522
Author: Biswamoy Pati Delhi University and Mark Harrison University of Oxford
Publisher: Orient Longman Pvt. Ltd.
Edition: 2005
ISBN: 8125029915
Pages: 418
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.2" X 5.3
Weight 460 gm
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This collection of essays weaves together several themes related to the social history of health and medicine in colonial India. Its focus ranges from analyzing 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 the 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 interaction 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.

Biswamoy Pati is Reader at the Department of History, Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University. He is the author of situating Social History: Orissa, 1800-1997 (2001); and resisting domination: Peasants, Tribals and the National Movement in Orissa, 1920-50 (1993). He has edited Turbulent Times: India, 1940-1944 (1998); and issues in Modern Indian History: For Sumit Sarkar (2000).

Mark Harrison is Senior Research fellow and Assistant Director of the Welcome Unit for the History of Medicine, University of Oxford. He was formerly Senior Lecturer in History at the Sheffield Hallam University. His publications included Public Health in British India: Anglo-Indian Preventive Medicine, 1859-1914 (1994) and Climates and Constitutions: Health, Race, Environment and British Imperialism in South Asia, 1600-1850 (1999).

List of Contributorsvii
List of Abbreviationsix
Biswamoy Pati And Mark Harrison
1Medicine and Orientalism: Perspectives on Europe's Encounter with Indina Meical System37
2'Clinical Christianity': The Emergence of Medical Work as a Missionary Strategy in Colonial India, 1800-191488
3Colonial Lunacy Policies and the Madras Lunatic Asylum in the Early Nineteenth Century 137
4Indians into Asylums: Community Use of the Colonial Medical Institution in British India, 1857-1880165
5Medical Developments and Patient Unrest in the Leprosy Asylum, 1860 to 1940188
6Re-devising Jennerian Vaccines?: European Technologies, Indian Innovation and the control of Smallpox in South Asia, 1850-1950217
7'Ordering' 'Disorder' in a Holy City: Colonial Health Interventions in Puri During the Nineteenth Century 270
8 'The Palkhi as Plague Carrier': The Pandharpur Fair and the Sanitary fixation of the colonial State; British India, 1908-1916299
9Politics, Culture and Colonialism: Unani's Debate with Doctory317
10The Indian Drug Industry under the Raj, 1960-1920356
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