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Disease and Medicine In India: A Historical Overview

Disease and Medicine In India: A Historical Overview
$30.00
Item Code: IDG017
Author: Deepak Kumar
Publisher: Tulika Books
Language: English
Edition: 2001
ISBN: 8185229538
Pages: 330
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.4" X 5.5"
weight of the book: 428 gms
From the back:

The history of science, technology and medicine has always occupied a special place in Indian history through the ages. Its significance, especially from a socio-cultural perspective, cannot be ignored. In recognition of the importance of this subject, the 61st session of the Indian History Congress, held in Kolkata in January 2001, organized a special panel on the history of health conditions and the progress of medicine in India. The present volume, edited and introduced by Deepak Kumar, brings together the papers presented at this panel, along with some fresh contributions. The essays comprising this volume, in presenting the history of disease and medicine in ancient, medieval and colonial India, seek to achieve a balance between social constructivism and historical relativism.

About the Author:

Deepak kumar teaches the history of science, society and education at the zakir Husain Centre for Education Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Apart from contributing articles to various scholarly journals, he has authored Science and the Raj: 1857-1905 (1995), and edited Science and Empire: Essays in the Indian Context (1991).

CONTENTS
Preface ix
Social History of Medicine: Some Issues and Concerns
Deepak Kumar
xi
PRE-MODERN INDIA
Disease, Surgery and Health in the Harappan Civilization SURAJ BHAN and K.S. DAHIYA 3
Surgery in Early India: A Note on the Development of Medical Science
VIJAY KUMAR THAKUR
15
Medieval Theories of Vision and the Introduction of Spectacles in India, c. 1200-1750
IQBAL GHANI KHAN
26
Physicians as Professionals in Medieval India
S. ALI NADEEM REZAVI
40
A Sixteenth-Century Code for Physicians
SHIREEN MOOSVI
66
Inside and Outside the Systems: Change and Innovation in Medical and Surgical Practice in Mughal India
IRFAN HABIB
71
Smallpox and its Treatment in Pre-Modern India
ISHRAT ALAM
85
Of Therapeutics and Prophylactics: The Exegesis of an Eighteenth-Century Tract on Smallpox
HARISH NARAINDAS
94
MODERN INDIA
Environmental Factors Contributing to Malaria in Colonial Bengal
IHTESHAM KAZI
123
Malaria in Nineteenth-Century Bombay
SIMKIE SARKAR
132
'Clouds of Cholera' and Clouds around Cholera, 1817-70
DHRUB KUMAR SINGH
144
An Empire 'De-Masculinized'!: The British Colonial State and the Problem of Syphilis in Nineteenth-Century India
SABYA SACHI R. MISHRA
166
Medical Missionaries at Work: The Canadian Baptist Missionaries in the Telugu Country, 1870-1952
RAJ SEKHAR BASU
180
Disciplining the Body? Health Care for Women and Children in Early Twentieth-Century Bengal
SUJATA MUKHERJEE
198
Social History of Western Medical Practice in Travancore: An Inquiry into the Administrative Process
SUNITHA B. NAIR
215
Gauging Indian Responses to Western Medicine: Hospitals and Dispensaries, Bombay Presidency, 1900-20
MRIDULA RAMANNA
233
Public Health Issues and the Freedom Movement: Gandhi on Nutrition, Sanitation, Infectious Diseases and Health Care
AMIT MISRA
249
Eliding History: The World Bank's Health Policies
MOHAN RAO
265
Bibliography 276
Contributors 290
Index 292

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