Medicine and Empire: 1600-1960 (Paperback)
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Medicine and Empire: 1600-1960 (Paperback)

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The history of modern medicine is inseparable from the history of imperialism. Medicine and Empire provides an introduction to this shared history - spanning three centuries and covering British, French and Spanish imperial histories in Africa, Asia and America.

Exploring the major developments in European medicine from the seventeenth century to the mid-twentieth century, Pratik Chakrabarti shows that the major developments in European medicine had a colonial counterpart and were closely intertwined with European activities overseas:

* the increasing influence of natural history on medicine
* the growth of European drug markets
* the rise of surgeons in status
* ideas of race and racism
* advancements in sanitation and public health
* the expansion of the modern quarantine system
* the emergence of Germ theory and global vaccination campaigns.

Drawing on recent scholarship and primary texts, this book narrates a mutually constitutive history in which medicine was both a 'tool' and a product of imperialism, and provides an original, accessible insight into the deep historical roots of the problems that plague global health today.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9780230276369
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 428 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 16 mm

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