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The Social History of Health and Medicine in South Asia


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Epidemic Malaria and Hunger in Colonial Punjab: Weakened by Want

Epidemic Malaria and Hunger in Colonial Punjab: Weakened by Want

Forthcoming

Sheila Zurbrigg
November 23, 2018

This book documents the primary role of acute hunger (semi- and frank starvation) in the ‘fulminant’ malaria epidemics that repeatedly afflicted the northwest plains of British India through the first half of colonial rule. Using Punjab vital registration data and regression analysis it also tracks...

Society, Medicine and Politics in Colonial India

Society, Medicine and Politics in Colonial India

Biswamoy Pati, Mark Harrison
February 13, 2018

The history of medicine and disease in colonial India remains a dynamic and innovative field of research, covering many facets of health, from government policy to local therapeutics. This volume presents a selection of essays examining varied aspects of health and medicine as they relate to the...

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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