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Locating the Medical: Explorations in South Asian History

Rohan Deb Roy and Guy N.A. Attewell


This volume interrogates the foundational categories that have come to define medical science in modern South Asia. Through case studies ranging from nineteenth- to twenty first-centuries, it addresses the following questions: How and in what conditions does an event, a substance, an actor, an institution or a particular situation of the body-mind become or cease to be considered ‘medical’ and according to whom? How did contingent political histories engender the medical? How does the medical, in turn, reshape and sustain political categories? Is the medical necessarily a stable, coherent and ... More

Keywords: Medical, South Asia, colonial medicine, postcolonial, historiography of medicine

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199486717
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199486717.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rohan Deb Roy, editor
Lecturer in South Asian History, University of Reading

Guy N.A. Attewell, editor
Independant Researcher

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Front Matter


Rohan Deb Roy and Guy N.A. Attewell

I Production of the Medical

II Enactments of the Medical

5 ‘Dr. Kar I Presume!’

Vishvajit Pandya and Madhumita Mazumdar

III Rethinking Disconnections and Continuities

8 Colonizing Cannabis

James H. Mills

IV Contours of the Medical

10 Vernacularizing Political Medicine

Projit Bihari Mukharji*


Mark Harrison