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Public Health in British India

Public Health in British India
Anglo-Indian Preventive Medicine 1859–1914

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Part of Cambridge Studies in the History of Medicine

  • Author: Mark Harrison, Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London
  • Date Published: February 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521466882

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  • This is the first major study of public health in British India. It covers many previously unresearched areas such as European attitudes toward India and its inhabitants, and the way in which these were reflected in medical literature and medical policy; the fate of public health at the local level under Indian control; and the effects of quarantine on colonial trade and the pilgrimage to Mecca. The book places medicine within the context of debates about the government of India, and relations between rulers and ruled, and in emphasizing the active role of the indigenous population it differs significantly from other work in this subject area.

    • An original and much-needed account of public health in 'British' India in its full political and cultural context
    • Relevant to the study of the history of developing countries in general and to Third World studies
    • Reflects the full relevance of public health issues to development policies and the politics of colonialism
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    "A scholarly, extensively researched, well-annotated, and amply referenced work, and a valuable resource." Choice

    "Public Health in British India is a commendable work marked by its substantial scholarly apparatus -- fifty pages of notes, extensive utilization of primary sources, several graphs, and illustrations....this is a work of solid scholarship and should spawn historiographic research in the British colonial context. It is highly recommended for scholars and students of the Indian colonial history of preventive medicine." The Annals of the American Academy

    "[Harrison's] arguments are well made and well supported by an impressive range of sources from contemporary medical journals to memoirs...The result is a solid contribution to the history of health and of imperialism." Histoire sociale

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    • Date Published: February 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521466882
    • length: 348 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 154 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • contains: 21 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction
    1. The Indian medical service
    2. Tropical hygiene: disease theory and prevention in nineteenth-century India
    3. The foundations of public health in India: crisis and constraint
    4. Cholera theory and sanitary policy
    5. Quarantine, pilgrimage, and colonial trade: India 1866–1900
    6. Professional visions and political realities, 1896–1914
    7. Public health and local self-government
    8. The politics of health in Calcutta, 1876–1899
    Conclusion.

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    Mark Harrison, Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London

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