Download PDF by Biswamoy Pati, Mark Harrison: The Social History of Health and Medicine in Colonial India

By Biswamoy Pati, Mark Harrison

ISBN-10: 0415462312

ISBN-13: 9780415462310

This booklet analyzes the various elements of the social historical past of wellbeing and fitness and medication in colonial India. It explores a special set of topics that trap the differences of India, corresponding to public well-being, scientific associations, psychological affliction and the politics and economics of colonialism. in response to inter-disciplinary examine, the contributions provide necessary perception into issues that experience lately got elevated scholarly realization, together with using opiates and the position of advertisements in riding scientific markets. The members, either demonstrated and rising students within the box, comprise assets starting from palm leaf manuscripts to archival fabrics.

This publication might be of curiosity to students of historical past, specifically the historical past of drugs and the historical past of colonialism and imperialism, sociology, social anthropology, cultural concept, and South Asian reports, in addition to to medical examiners and NGOs.

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But this was not the only question of importance. 23 Apart from this, a cautious approach towards the Haj was also adopted due to its supposed political significance or the ‘strange magnetism’ that drew millions of Muslim believers towards it. Simultaneously, the subversive potential of the pilgrimage was also remarked upon in colonial documents, and this fuelled an undercurrent of suspicion against it. What, then, was the colonial state’s stand with respect to the pilgrimage, caught as it was between these various imperatives and ideas?

Martin, Medical Topography, 49. Mark Harrison, Public Health, 47–8. Mark Harrison, Public Health, 51. Martin, Medical Topography, 46. Martin, Medical Topography, 51–2. Martin, Medical Topography, 60, emphasis in the original. Martin, Medical Topography, 49. Martin, Medical Topography, 49. Martin, Medical Topography, 47. Martin, Medical Topography, 15, emphasis in the original. Martin, Medical Topography, 24. Martin, Medical Topography, 49. The Lottery Committee, 1817–36, so called because profit from public lotteries helped finance its activities, was one of the first systematic attempts by the colonial government in Calcutta to give shape to the city through schemes of road building and removal of huts.

And third, scattered throughout his book were recommendations for reform. Martin’s assumptions drew on familiar and well-grounded neo-Hippocratic principles. His concern with miasmas reflected a new evaluation of smell, seen as an active risk to healthy living. ‘Miasmas’ or bad air were thought to be produced by decaying vegetation or animal matter and putrid atmospheric exhalations like the odour from earth, water, excrement and corpses as well as living bodies. 42 This increased recognition of smell in its turn produced guidelines for reordering urban spaces.

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