Colonial Medical Care in North India: Gender, State, and Society, c. 1830-1920 by Samiksha Sehrawat

Colonial Medical Care in North India: Gender, State, and Society, c. 1830-1920

bySamiksha Sehrawat

Hardcover | December 15, 2013

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This book shows how medical care was introduced, expanded, and funded by the colonial state in north India. It engages with questions emerging from the new relationship that emerged between health and governance as the colonial state began to fund public dispensaries in 1838. How was medicalcare to be funded? Was the state responsible for providing medical care? What role were the voluntary and public sectors to play? Over the twentieth century, as the British state moved towards acknowledging the importance of medical care, the colonial state limited medical expenditure. The colonialstate sought to transplant British forms of medical philanthropy to India with the aim of improving Indian society by instilling a sense of public spirit. Using a wide variety of government archives, private papers, newspapers, and non-official publications, Sehrawat analyses hospitals for male and female patients together for the first time. She shows that the failure of the Dufferin Fund to raise sufficient funds for a Women's Medical Serviceexposed the limitations of reliance on the voluntary sector for medical provision. Reform of army hospitals was also stalled by prioritizing economy over efficiency. The underfunding of colonial medical care left a legacy of poor medical provision, regional disparities, neglect of rural patients,and over-reliance on the private and voluntary sectors.

About The Author

Samiksha Sehrawat is Lecturer in the History of Medicine and South Asia at Newcastle University, UK.

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Title:Colonial Medical Care in North India: Gender, State, and Society, c. 1830-1920Format:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 8.75 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:December 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198096607

ISBN - 13:9780198096603

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Table of Contents

PrefaceList of AbbreviationsIntroduction1. Medical Expenditure as State Charity: the Roots of Colonial Medical Care, c. 1835-802. Financing an Expanding System of Medical Care: the Colonial State and its Critics, c. 1890-19203. Popularity of Eye Surgery and Problems of Colonial Hospital Finance in Delhi4. Zenana Medical Care: the Dufferin Fund, the Colonial State and Female Medical Experts5. Founding the Women's Medical Service in India: The Colonial State and the 'Medical Needs' of Indian Women6. Army Hospitals for Indian Employees: Ethnicity and 'Economy' in Colonial Medical CareEpilogueBibliographyIndexAbout the Author