Nationalizing the Body: The Medical Market, Print and Daktari Medicine

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Anthem Press, 2009 - History - 351 pages
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"Nationalizing the Body" revisits the history of 'western' medicine in colonial South Asia through the lives, writings and practice of the numerous Bengali daktars who adopted and practised it. Refusing to see 'western' medicine as an alienated appendage of the colonial state, this book explores how 'western' medicine was vernacularised. It argues that a burgeoning medical market and a medical publishing industry together gave daktari medicine a social identity which did not solely derive from its association with the state. Accessing many of the best-known ideas and episodes of colonial South Asian medical history, it seeks to understand how daktari medicine re-positioned the colonized bodies as nationalized bodies.
Projit Bihari Mukharji is a Wellcome Fellow at the Oxford Brookes University. He was educated at Presidency College, Kolkata, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and School of Oriental and African Studies, London where he was a Felix Fellow. He has taught at the Universities of Southampton and Newcastle. Apart from the history of medicine he also writes on the history of British imperial popular culture.""
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Forgotten Pioneers
35
The World of Bengali Printing and the Multiple Inscriptions of Daktarl Medicine
75
Contagion and the Actualization of the Nation
111
Diagnosing a NeoHindu Modernity
147
Cholera and the Medical Market
179
Diagnosing the Rhizoid Pathologies of Weakness
213
Conclusion
249
Notes
261
Bibliography
311
Index
337
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Projit Bihari Mukharji is a Wellcome Fellow at Oxford Brookes University.

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