Health and Medicine in the Indian Princely States
Routledge – 2016 – 224 pages
The book maps developments in public health, the emergence of specialised medical institutions, the influence of western medicine on indigenous medical communities (and their patients) and the interaction between them. Two comparatively large states (Mysore and Travancore), considered ‘progressive’ and ‘enlightened’, and some of the 24 Orissa Princely States, seen as ‘backward’ and ‘despotic’, will be at the centre of investigation. Contentious issues currently debated in the existing scholarship on medicine in British India and other colonies will be explored (such as the ‘indigenisation’ of health services; the inter-relationship of colonial and indigenous paradigms of medical practice; the impact of specific political and administrative events and changes on health policies). Developments in public health and the emergence of medical institutions in Princely India will be traced from both Indian and European perspectives, and British medical policies and the Indian reactions and initiatives they evoked in different Princely States with highly varied socio-economic, cultural and administrative set-ups will be examined.
Introduction Part 1: The Role of Public Health - Water supply; Sanitation; Health Care; Cholera 1. Mysore 2. Orissa Part 2: Disease 3. Mysore – Influenza; Leprosy 4. Orissa Leprosy; Smallpox Part 3: Psychiatry and Mental Illness 5. Mysore 6. Travancore 7 .Orissa 8. Conclusion
Biswamoy Pati, University of Delhi, India
Waltraud Ernst, Oxford Brookes University, UK
T. V. Sekher, International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), India