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Social History of Healing in India, A: De-centring Indigenous Medicine

Mukharji, Projit Bihari

978 0 415 49952 1
List price(s):
145.00 USD
105.00 GBP

Publication date:
31 December 2020

Short description: 

Connects the history of medicine with the social and political history of India by analysing the popular and subaltern healing practices in the region.

Full description: 

This book re-connects the history of medicine with the social and political history of India. It analyzes the popular and subaltern healing practices in the region, and moves away from the view that a relatively homogenous and discrete set of practices, organized under the name of 'indigenous' medicine, confronted an equally homogenous and discrete set of 'modern' practices in a colonial situation. The author argues that both the pre-existing domain of healing as well as the new forces of modernity was heterogeneous and pluralized. The book discusses that, owing to this plurality on both sides, their relationship was not an uniformly confrontational one. Different aspects of the pre-existing healing praxes articulated with different aspects of colonial modernity through a range of ways, such as mimesis and confrontation. The first full-length historical exploration of the histories of minor/non-classical domain of healing, this book maps the intellectual history of 'subaltern' healing in the region. It is of interest to academics working in the field of Indian history, the history of medicine and public health.

Table of contents: 

1. Introduction: Medical Modernity in Colonial Bengal 2. Casting Ayurveda: Vaidyas and the Classicism of Indigenous Medicine 3. Reading the Pulse: The Politics of Tradition 4. Sex, Medicine and Morality: The Medicalization of Sexuality 5. Chandshir Chikitsa: Medical Institutionalisation and Non-National Pasts 6. The Magic of Modernity: Islamiya Tantra 7. Spaces of Cure: The Spatiality of Modern Healing 8. Conclusion: Healing Modernities


Projit Bihari Mukharji is a research fellow in the Department of History, Oxford Brookes University, UK. His research interests lie in the field of the social history of medicine.




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