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“Signs of the Times”: Medicine and Nationhood in British India

Chakrabarti, Pratik (2009) “Signs of the Times”: Medicine and Nationhood in British India. Osiris, 24 . pp. 188-211. ISSN 0369-7827. (doi:10.1086/605975) (KAR id:25530)

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Medical practice and research in colonial India historically had been an imperial preserve, dominated by the elite members of the Indian Medical Service. This was

contested from the 1900s on by the emerging Indian nationalism. This essay studies debates about the establishment of a medical research institution and how actors imposed the political identities of nationalism on British colonial practices of medical science. At the same time, Indian nationalism was also drawing from other emerging ideas around health and social welfare. The Indian nationalists and doctors sought to build the identities of the new nation and its medicine around their

own ideas of its geography, people, and welfare.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1086/605975
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: 21 Sep 2010 19:42 UTC
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2022 10:40 UTC
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