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Book Review: Biomedicine as a Contested Site: Some Revelations in Imperial Contexts by Poonam Bala, ed (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2009)

Johnson, R. (2010) Book Review: Biomedicine as a Contested Site: Some Revelations in Imperial Contexts by Poonam Bala, ed (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2009). [Review]

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Abstract

For at least three decades, historians have investigated the relationship between western medicine, imperial policy and colonial rule, questioning the assertion that western medicine was a positive legacy of European colonialism. A common argument is that western medicine functioned as a 'tool of empire' by protecting the health of white Europeans and supporting beliefs of European superiority; and by controlling and exploiting local minds and bodies. As an organising principle and analytical category, the term 'colonial medicine' is also commonly deployed to describe these aspects of western medicine in colonial localities.

Item type: Review
ID code: 26751
Keywords: western medicine, imperial policy, colonial rule, History (General)
Subjects: History General and Old World > History (General)
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Humanities > History
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    Depositing user: Mrs Marie Henderson
    Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2010 14:17
    Last modified: 06 Dec 2013 23:45
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/26751

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