Colonialism, Tropical Disease, and Imperial Medicine: Rockefeller Philanthropy in Sri Lanka

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University Press of America, 1995 - Medical - 205 pages
For centuries, cultural imperialism has been practiced by Western colonizing nations seeking to extend their hegemony around the globe. In this insightful study, Hewa sheds new light on the often ignored role that Western medicine has played in this expansionist project. At the center of his analysis, the author cites colonial economic policies both as the facilitator of the spread of epidemic diseases in the tropics and as a vehicle for promoting the superiority of Western medicine that sought their cure. Sri Lanka is the geographical focus of the study, providing the first comprehensive analysis of the impact of European colonial policies on the health and disease of that population. Hewa concentrates primarily on the British and American cultural imperialism and how against this backdrop the intervention of Rockefeller philanthropy in Sri Lanka is examined.
 

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Contents

SETTLERS AND COLONIZERS BACKGROUND
19
COLONIAL LABOR AND TROPICAL DISEASE
32
ROCKEFELLER PHILANTHROPIC MEDICINE IN SRI LANKA
67
TAKING THE CAMPAIGN TO VILLAGES AND TOWNS
100
HEALTH UNITS SANITATION AND PUBLIC HEALTH
122
VOLUNTEERS TO PROFESSIONALS NURSING EDUCATION AND TRAINING
160
CONCLUSION
187
APPENDIX I
197
APPENDIX II
198
INDEX
202
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About the author (1995)

Soma Hewa is Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Mount Royal College in Alberta, Canada.

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