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From Western Medicine to Global Medicine: The Hospital Beyond the West
Mark Harrison, Margaret Jones, Helen Sweet (Eds.)
Price : ₹ 1395.00  
ISBN : 9788125037026
Language : English
Pages : 500
Binding : Hardback
Book Size : 140 x 216 mm
Year : 2009
Series : New Perspectives in South Asian History
Territorial Rights : World
Imprint : No Image
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About the Book

The hospital has for many years been the symbol of modern, scientific medicine. Indeed, it was in the hospital that modern Western medicine was born. But until recently we had little idea of how or why these iconic medical institutions developed outside the Western World. From Western Medicine to Global Medicine provides the first book-length account of the hospital’s emergence in Asia, Africa and other non-Western contexts. Its essays examine various facets of hospital medicine from eighteenth century onwards, including interaction with indigenous traditions of healing and with economic and political issues during the colonial and post-colonial periods. An introductory essay provides an overview of the varied trajectories of institutional development taking place outside Europe and North America, while the individual contributions-from historians, anthropologists and sociologists-provide important insights into the varied uses and forms which hospitals have taken in non-Western contexts.

This interdisciplinary volume will provide an indispensable introduction to anyone seeking to understand the globalisation of Western medicine over the past century or so. It will be invaluable to historians seeking to place Western medicine within broad historical processes such as imperialism and modernisation, as well to those who seeks to know more about the peculiarities of specific contexts. Analysts of contemporary medical policy and medical cultures will also find critical insights into the factors determining the nature and success of medical interventions.

Contributors (Author(s), Editor(s), Translator(s), Illustrator(s) etc.)

Mark Harrison is Professor of the History of Medicine and Director of the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine at the University of Oxford.

Margaret Jones is Research Officer at the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, University of Oxford.

Helen Sweet is Research Associate at the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine at the University of Oxford.