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Colonizing the Body: State Medicine and Epidemic Disease in Nineteenth-Century India

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In this innovative analysis of medicine and disease in colonial India, David Arnold explores the vital role of the state in medical and public health activities, arguing that Western medicine became a critical battleground between the colonized and the colonizers.

Focusing on three major epidemic diseases—smallpox, cholera, and plague—Arnold analyzes the impact of medical i
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 12th 1993 by University of California Press (first published July 13th 1993)
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This is rightfully seen as an essential book in the field of disease history. The best chapters are the case studies (smallpox, cholera, and plague), but his digression into hegemony (in the sense of Gramsci) is very lucid and intellectually stimulating.
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