Biomedicine as a Contested Site: Some Revelations in Imperial Contexts

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Poonam Bala
Lexington Books, Oct 16, 2008 - Social Science - 196 pages
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While literature on medicine and colonialism has increased rapidly in the past nearly two decades, this volume presents yet another way of looking at ideas of medicine, health, and disease. It portrays the role played by power in various ways in which biomedicine became a site of contested ventures_a site which saw an interplay of medicine, ruling ideologies, and resistance by indigenous populations. Ideas of disease and health range from control of infectious diseases and epidemics, medications and indigenous therapeutics, clinical medicine and surgery, to reproductive health, with the added dimension of medical pluralism and elites as enabling these interactions and processes. This book will be of interest to undergraduate and graduate students of history, sociology, anthropology, medicine, and public health. With essays on different regions around the world, it will serve as a guide to scholars and students in colonial studies, history of medicine, and world history.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Colonizing Mother Egypt Domesticating Egyptian Mothers
9
Defying Medical Autonomy indigenous Elites and Medicine in Colonial india
29
Medical knowledge and professional power from the lusoBrazilian Context to imperial Brazil
45
The invincible generals yellow fever and the fight for Empire in Cuba 18681898
67
The White Man in the Bedroom Contraception and resistance on Commercial farms in Colonial rhodesia
79
Translations and transformations toward Creating New Men in Early twentiethcentury China
99
Rejected or Elected? processes of therapeutic Selection and Colonial Medicines in french Vietnam 19051939
115
Articulating Medical ideas Medicine and Medical Education in New Spain
135
Disease Doctors and De Beers Capitalists Smallpox and Scandal in Colonial kimberley South Africa during the Mineral revolution and British imperia...
153
Submitting to Surgery in the 1890s four Vignettes
171
Index
191
About the Contributors
195
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Poonam Bala is the author of Imperialism and Medicine in Bengal: A Socio-Historical Perspective (Sage, 1992) and Medicine and Medical Policies in India: Social and Historical Perspectives (Lexington Books, 2007).

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