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The Social History of Health and Medicine in South Asia


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Since the late 1990s, health and medicine have emerged as major concerns in South Asian history. ‘The Social History of Health and Medicine in South Asia’ series aims to foster a new wave of inter-disciplinary research and scholarship that transcends conventional boundaries. It welcomes proposals for monographs, edited collections and anthologies which offer fresh perspectives, innovative analytical frameworks and comparative assessments. The series embraces diverse aspects of health and healing in colonial and postcolonial contexts.

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Colonial Modernities: Midwifery in Bengal, c.1860–1947

Colonial Modernities: Midwifery in Bengal, c.1860–1947

Ambalika Guha
July 11, 2017

The subject of medicalisation of childbirth in colonial India has so far been identified with three major themes: the attempt to reform or ‘sanitise’ the site of birthing practices, establishing lying-in hospitals and replacing traditional birth attendants with trained midwives and qualified female...

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