Colonizing the Body State Medicine and Epidemic Disease in Nineteenth-Century India

ISBN-10: 0520082958
ISBN-13: 9780520082953
Edition: N/A
Authors: David Arnold
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Book details

List price: $33.95
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 8/12/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 366
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

In this innovative analysis of medicine and disease in colonial India, David Arnold explores the vital role of the state in medical and public health activities, arguing that Western medicine became a critical battleground between the colonized and the colonizers. Focusing on three major epidemic diseases--smallpox, cholera, and plague--Arnold analyzes the impact of medical interventionism. He demonstrates that Western medicine as practiced in India was not simply transferred from West to East, but was also fashioned in response to local needs and Indian conditions. By emphasizing this colonial dimension of medicine, Arnold highlights the centrality of the body to political authority in British India and shows how medicine both influenced and articulated the intrinsic contradictions of colonial rule.

David Arnold is professor emeritus of Asian and global history in the Department of History at the University of Warwick. Among his numerous works are Science, Technology and Medicine in Colonial India; Gandhi; and The Tropics and the Traveling Gaze: India, Landscape, and Science, 1800-1856.

List of Figures and Tables
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
Occidental Therapeutics and Oriental Bodies
Colonial Enclaves: The Army and the Jails
Smallpox: The Body of the Goddess
Cholera: Disease as Disorder
Plague: Assault on the Body
Health and Hegemony
Conclusion
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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