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Contesting Colonial Authority: Medicine and Indigenous Responses in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century India

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Poonam Bala’s Contesting Colonial Authority explores the interplay of conformity and defiance amongst the plural medical tradition in colonial India. The contributors reveal how Indian elites, nationalists, and the rest of the Indian population participated in the move to revisit and frame a new social character of Indian Medicine. Viewed in the light of the cultural, nationalistic, social, literary and scientific essentials, Contesting Colonial Authority highlights various indigenous interpretations and ...

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Overview

Poonam Bala’s Contesting Colonial Authority explores the interplay of conformity and defiance amongst the plural medical tradition in colonial India. The contributors reveal how Indian elites, nationalists, and the rest of the Indian population participated in the move to revisit and frame a new social character of Indian Medicine. Viewed in the light of the cultural, nationalistic, social, literary and scientific essentials, Contesting Colonial Authority highlights various indigenous interpretations and mechanisms through which Indian sciences and medicine were projected against the cultural background of a rich medical tradition.

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Tim Allender
A masterly set of international essays that richly explore, at different sub-continental colonial sites, the neglected paradigm of medicine to exemplify the nature of knowledge transfer, with all of its filigreed cultural and socio-political implications. A must read for those interested in reconfiguring assessments of the colonial relationship.
K. R. Nayar
This edited collection represents scholastically rich contextual history of the encounters between civilizations and their artifacts such as medical systems.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739170236
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 4/12/2012
  • Pages: 186
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Poonam Bala is currently visiting scholar in the Department of Sociology at Cleveland State University, Ohio.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. ‘Nationalizing’ Medicine by Poonam Bala
2. Teaching European Medicine in Colonial Goa by Cristiana Bastos
3. Ayurvedic Pharmaceuticals by Madhulika Banerjee
4. Corporal Contestations by Shrimoy Roy Chaudhary
5. Colonial Medicine and Elite Nationalist Responses in India by Shamshad Khan
6. Colonial Compassion and Political Calculation by Sean Lang
7. Educating Lady Doctors in Colonial Burma by Atsuko Naono
8. Unani Medical Culture by Neshat Quaiser
9. Malarial Fever in Nineteenth-Century Bengal by Arabinda Samanta
Index
About the Contributors

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