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Norman Etherington

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199253487

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253487.001.0001

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Education and Medicine

Education and Medicine

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(p.261) 13 Education and Medicine
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Missions and Empire
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Norman Etherington

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253487.003.0013

This chapter examines the role of European Christian missionaries in the fields of education and medicine. The missionaries were the first to provide free schooling to people who had yet to grasp the benefits of literacy and were the first to introduce co-educational schooling. They also held out inducements for parents who would allow their children to be taught. In the field of medicine, the missionaries also offered the services of medical practitioners free of charge.

Keywords:   Christian missionaries, education, medicine, free schooling, medical services, literacy

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