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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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The Making of an Eclectic Archive

The Making of an Eclectic Archive

Epistemologies of Global Knowledge in the Papers of J.P. Walker (1823–1906)

(p.151) 6 The Making of an Eclectic Archive
Locating the Medical

Clare Anderson

Oxford University Press

This chapter takes a transnational and connected history approach to the papers of Surgeon-General J.P. Walker, who was employed in the Indian Medical Service in the nineteenth century. Upon his retirement he began the process of compiling a great dictionary that reflected his medical interest in eclectic and specific medicine. Despite the surprising elision of ‘India’ from the draft of his great medical dictionary, its incorporation of the medical knowledge of Africans and Indigenous Americans reveals the globality that underpinned his medical knowledge and practice. In this respect, a critical reading of the epistemology of Walker's archive enables a new understanding of the relationship between medicine in and of Britain, South Asia and North America during the nineteenth century.

Keywords:   India, Surgeon-General, J.P. Walker, Indian Medical Service, dictionary, archive, eclectic medicine, Britain, South Asia, North America

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