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Overview

Over the last century, identity as an avenue of inquiry has become both an academic growth industry and a problematic category of historical analysis. This volume shows how the study of medicine can provide new insights into colonial identity, and the possibility of accommodating multiple perspectives on identity within a single narrative. Contributors to this volume explore the perceived self-identity of colonizers; the adoption of western and traditional medicine as complementary aspects of a new, modern and nationalist identity; the creation of a modern identity for women in the colonies; and the expression of a healer's identity by physicians of traditional medicine.

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Meet the Author

Mary P. Sutphen works as a consultant and is currently completing a book entitled Imperial Hygiene: Medicine and Public Health in the British Empire, 1880-1931, an analysis of the history of laboratory medicine in the British Empire.
Bridie Andrews is an Assistant Professor at Harvard University. Her publications include The Making of Modern Chinese Medicine and an edited volume with Andrew Cunningham entitled Western Medicine as Contested Knowledge.

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Table of Contents

List of contributors
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 1
2 "The ignorance of women is the house of illness": gender, nationalism, and health reform in colonial north India 14
3 A sword of empire?: medicine and colonialism at King William's Town, Xhosaland, 1856-91 41
4 Midwives, missions and reform: colonizing Dutch childbirth services at home and abroad ca. 1900 61
5 New Zealand milk for 'building Britons' 79
6 Tropical medicine and colonial identity in northern Australia 103
7 Colonial doctors and national myths: on telling lives in Australian medical biography 125
Index 143
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