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Curing Cholera: Pathogens, Places and Poverty in South Asia

Chakrabarti, Pratik (2010) Curing Cholera: Pathogens, Places and Poverty in South Asia. International Journal of South Asian Studies, 3 . pp. 153-168. (KAR id:25039)


In this paper I will seek to provide a new understanding of endemicity of disease in India. Through a study of cholera research in the twentieth century I will argue that disease and its endemicity has to be understood in biological factors as well as within a wider social and economic context. I will discuss the medical efforts at locating the causality of cholera from the nineteenth century in Indian climate, water bodies and human anatomy to show that cholera is no more a biological phenomena than water is an ecological or environmental problem. Both are essentially political and economic questions.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of History
Funders: Wellcome Trust (
Depositing User: Pratik Chakrabarti
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2010 22:26 UTC
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2022 10:40 UTC
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Chakrabarti, Pratik.

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