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Gender, Medicine, and Society in Colonial India: Women's Health Care in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Bengal

Sujata Mukherjee

Abstract

This book analyses the interface between medicine and colonial society through the lens of gender. Based on hitherto unused primary sources the work traces how since almost the beginning of the nineteenth century the growth of hospital medicine in Bengal created a space—albeit small—for providing Western health care to female patients. It observes that, unlike in the colonial setup, before the advent of hospital medicine women were treated mostly by female practitioners of indigenous therapies who had commendable skill as practitioners. The book also explores the linkages of growth of medical ... More

Keywords: Gender, colonialism, curative medicine, preventive health care, lock hospitals, women doctors, racial discrimination, reproductive health, sexuality, eugenics, female mortality and diseases

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199468225
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199468225.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sujata Mukherjee, author
Rabindra Bharati University