Colonizing the Body: State Medicine and Epidemic Disease in Nineteenth-Century India / Edition 1

Colonizing the Body: State Medicine and Epidemic Disease in Nineteenth-Century India / Edition 1

by David Arnold
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520082958

ISBN-13: 9780520082953

Pub. Date: 08/12/1993

Publisher: University of California Press


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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520082953
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/12/1993
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
354
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

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