Medical Encounters in British India

Hardcover | February 17, 2013

EditorDeepak Kumar, Raj Sekhar Basu

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This volume explores the nature of interactions between the East and the West in the field of medicine. It brings into focus conditions and historical processes through which there was an interaction between the social and medical domains, particularly under the rubric of colonialism. Itdiscusses India's medical tradition and the challenges it faced when modern medical system entered the country; the exchange of knowledge between India and the west; and the influence of local medicinal knowledge on its colonial counterpart. The exchange of ideas and that of tradition was not a simple journey but rather a long and tortuous trajectory which was characterized by both assimilation as well as initiative which sought to differentiate one set of ideas from another. The level of interaction was seldom smooth and it was oftenridden with the languages of dominance and hegemony. Through specific examples and case studies, the book also analyses various ailments and the changing medical domain from the point of view of the existing social norms/conditions.

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This volume explores the nature of interactions between the East and the West in the field of medicine. It brings into focus conditions and historical processes through which there was an interaction between the social and medical domains, particularly under the rubric of colonialism. Itdiscusses India's medical tradition and the chall...

Deepak Kumar is Professor of History of Science and Education at the Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Raj Sekhar Basu is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Calcutta.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:360 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.1 inPublished:February 17, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019808921X

ISBN - 13:9780198089216

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AcknowledgementsIntroductionSection I: The Multiplicity of Domains1. Deepak Kumar: Probing History of Medicine and Public Health in India: A Study of Encounters at Multiple Sites2. Jayanta Bhattacharya: Anatomical Knowledge and East-West Exchange3. Mark Harrison: From Bazaar Medicine to Hospital Medicine: Calomel, India and the British Empire, c.1750-c.18004. David Arnold: Dietetics, Mimesis, and Alterity: Food in Asian Medical Traditions and East-West Exchanges5. Sunil Amrith: Health and Sovereignty in the New Asia: The Decline and Rise of the TropicsSection II: The Differing Perceptions6. Dhrub Kumar Singh: Cholera, Heroic Therapies, and Rise of Homoeopathy in Nineteenth-century India7. Madhuri Sharma: Knowing Health and Medicine: A Case Study of Benares, c.1900-19508. Raj Sekhar Basu: Healing the Sick and the Destitute: Protestant Missionaries and Medical Missions in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Travancore9. Mridula Ramanna: A Mixed Record: Malaria Control in Bombay Presidency, 1900-193510. Bikramaditya K. Choudhary: Vulnerability of Women to Bacillus: Myths and Reality in India (1890-1950)11. Arabinda Samanta: Negotiating Subalternity: Social Construction of Tuberculosis in Colonial and Post-colonial India12. Indira Chowdhury: 'Delivering the "Murdered Child": Infanticide, Abortion and Contraception in Colonial India'Select BibliographyNote on Contributors