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Locating the MedicalExplorations in South Asian History$
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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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Making ‘the Medical’

(p.285) Afterword
Locating the Medical

Mark Harrison

Oxford University Press

This Afterword reflects on the creation of the category of ‘the medical’ and how it came to be inscribed in India during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It argues that the main factors involved in this process were the needs of the state, the professionalization of medicine and the emergence of a commodity culture which encouraged people to think about their health and lifestyles in medical terms.

Keywords:   ‘the medical’, commodity culture, professionalization, the state, health and lifestyles

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