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Leprosy in Colonial South India
 
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Leprosy in Colonial South India
Medicine and Confinement
 
 
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18 Dec 2001
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Leprosy is a neglected topic in the burgeoning field of the history of medicine and the colonized body. Leprosy in Colonial South India is not only a history of an intriguing and dramatic endemic disease, it is a history of colonial power in nineteenth-century British India as seen through the lens of British medical and legal encounters with leprosy and its sufferers in south India. Leprosy in Colonial South India offers a detailed examination of the contribution of leprosy treatment and legislative measures to negotiated relationships between indigenous and British medicine and the colonial impact on indigenous class formation, while asserting the agency of the poor and vagrant leprous classes in their own history.


Description

Leprosy is a neglected topic in the burgeoning field of the history of medicine and the colonized body. Leprosy in Colonial South India is not only a history of an intriguing and dramatic endemic disease, it is a history of colonial power in nineteenth-century British India as seen through the lens of British medical and legal encounters with leprosy and its sufferers in south India. Leprosy in Colonial South India offers a detailed examination of the contribution of leprosy treatment and legislative measures to negotiated relationships between indigenous and British medicine and the colonial impact on indigenous class formation, while asserting the agency of the poor and vagrant leprous classes in their own history.


Contents

Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
Indian and British Concepts of Leprosy and of the Leprosy Sufferer
Patient or Prisoner? Leprosy Sufferers in British Institutional Care
Colonial Medicine in the Indigenous Context
Leprosy Treatment: Indigenous and British Approaches
Leprosy Research and the Development of Colonial Medical Science
The Politics of Leprosy Control
Confining Leprosy Sufferers: The Lepers Act
Conclusion
Notes
Biographies
Bibliography
Index


Authors

JANE BUCKINGHAM is Lecturer in South Asian History at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Her research took her not only to the libraries and archives of the UK and India but to the leprosy hospitals and rehabilitation centres of the South Indian heartland.