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Author Das, Shinjini, 1982- author.

Title Vernacular medicine in colonial India : family, market and homeopathy / Shinjini Das
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2019
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 292 pages)
Contents A heterodoxy between institutions : bureaucracy, print-market, and family firms -- A family of biographies : colonial lives of a western heterodoxy -- A science in translation : medicine, language, identity -- Healing the home : indigeneity, self-help and the Hindu joint family -- Colonial law, electoral politics, and a homoeopathic public
Summary Conceptualised in opposition to 'orthodox' medicine, homoeopathy, a western medical project originating in eighteenth-century Germany, was reconstituted as vernacular medicine in British Bengal. India went on to become the home of the largest population of users of homoeopathic medicine in the world. Combining insights from the history of colonial medicine and the cultural histories of family in British India, Shinjini Das examines the processes through which western homoeopathy was translated and indigenised in the colony as a specific Hindu worldview, an economic vision and a disciplining regimen. In tracing the localisation of German homoeopathy in a British Indian province, this book analyses interactions between Calcutta-based homoeopathic family firms, disparate contributors to the Bengali print market, the British colonial state and emergent nationalist governments. The history of homoeopathy in Bengal reveals myriad negotiations undertaken by the colonised peoples to reshape scientific modernity in the subcontinent
Notes Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 22 Feb 2019)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Homeopathy -- India -- History -- 19th century
Medicine -- History.
Homeopathy -- history
Colonialism -- history
Marketing of Health Services!x history
Family Health!x history
History, 19th Century
Health Policy!x history
Histroy, 20th Century
History of Medicine
history of medicine.
MEDICAL -- Pharmacology.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781108354905