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Rohan Deb Roy and Guy N.A. Attewell

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199486717

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199486717.001.0001

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Vernacularizing Political Medicine

Vernacularizing Political Medicine

Locating the Medical betwixt the Literal and the Literary in Two Texts on the Burdwan Fever, Bengal c. 1870s

(p.235) 10 Vernacularizing Political Medicine
Locating the Medical

Projit Bihari Mukharji

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Christopher Hamlin describes a strand of medical thinking in nineteenth-century Britain that resisted narrow notions of disease specificity in the name of a broader, socio-economically grounded notion of ‘political medicine’. This chapter explores the vernacularization of this political medicine in Bengal in the 1870s. It focuses on the work of two specific Bengali intellectuals, viz. Dr Gopaul Chunder Roy and the Rev. Lal Behari Day. Since the former was a Glasgow-trained physician and the latter a missionary, ethnographer and novelist, the chapter also explores the differences between the literal and the literary vernacularizations of political medicine.

Keywords:   political medicine, moral economy, fever, poverty, ‘preying on the spirits’, Christopher Hamlin, vernacularization, Bengal, Dr Gopaul Chunder Roy, Rev. Lal Behari Day, physician, missionary, novelist

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