Medicine and Empire: 1600-1960 by Pratik ChakrabartiMedicine and Empire: 1600-1960 by Pratik Chakrabarti

Medicine and Empire: 1600-1960

byPratik Chakrabarti

Hardcover | January 23, 2014

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The history of modern medicine is inseparable from the history of imperialism.Medicine and Empireprovides an introduction to this shared history - spanning three centuries and covering British, French and Spanish imperial histories in Africa, Asia and America.

Exploring the major developments in European medicine from the seventeenth century to the mid-twentieth century, Pratik Chakrabarti shows that the major developments in European medicine had a colonial counterpart and were closely intertwined with European activities overseas:

• the increasing influence of natural history on medicine
• the growth of European drug markets
• the rise of surgeons in status
• ideas of race and racism
• advancements in sanitation and public health
• the expansion of the modern quarantine system
• the emergence of Germ theory and global vaccination campaigns.

Drawing on recent scholarship and primary texts, this book narrates a mutually constitutive history in which medicine was both a 'tool' and a product of imperialism, and provides an original, accessible insight into the deep historical roots of the problems that plague global health today.

Pratik Chakrabarti is Reader in History at the University of Kent, UK. He is the author ofWestern Science in Modern India: Metropolitan Methods, Colonial Practices(2004), Material and Medicine: Trade, Conquest and Therapeutics in the Eighteenth Century(2010) andBacteriology in British India: Laboratory Medicine and the Tropics(2012). H...
Title:Medicine and Empire: 1600-1960Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.9 inPublished:January 23, 2014Publisher:Palgrave Higher EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230276350

ISBN - 13:9780230276352


Table of Contents

Preface.- Introduction.- 1. Medicine in the Age of Commerce: 1600-1800.- 2. Plants, Medicine and Empire.- 3. Medicine and the Colonial Armed Forces.- 4. Colonialism, Climate and Race.- 5. Imperialism and the Globalization of Disease.- 6. Western Medicine in Colonial India.- 7. Medicine and the Colonization of Africa.- 8. Imperialism and Tropical Medicine.- 9. Bacteriology and the Civilizing Mission.- 10. Colonialism and Traditional Medicines.- Conclusion: The Colonial Legacies of Global Health.