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Frontiers of Medicine in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, 1899-1940 : Oxford Historical Monographs - Heather Bell

Frontiers of Medicine in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, 1899-1940

Oxford Historical Monographs

Hardcover Published: 1st June 1999
ISBN: 9780198207498
Number Of Pages: 278

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Much recent work on the history of colonial medicine argues that medicine was the handmaiden of colonial power and of capitalism. Dr Bell challenges this interpretation through careful investigation of the complicated relationship between medicine, politics, and capital in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan. Subverting the accepted wisdom that colonial medicine consisted primarily of white male doctors treating black patients, Dr Bell highlights the important role of women and of African and non-European practitioners of Western medicine. She moves beyond the realm of medical practice to consider the relationship between medical research and colonial power. And she argues that a new international medicine emerged during the interwar period, modifying and even supplanting existing colonial relationships. Frontiers of Medicine examines the physical, epidemiological, and professional boundaries that endlessly preoccupies colonial officials. Emphasising the tenuousness of colonial power, it includes chapters on midwifery training and female circumcision, on health and racial ideology, and on the quest to find the yellow fever virus in East Africa. Accepted wisdom maintains that colonial medicine consisted primarily of white doctors treating black patients, that it was mainly about medical practice, and that it was driven by colonial relationships. Dr Bell subverts these notions with detailed evidence of the participation of women and native Africans as trained medical personnel in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, and demonstrates the tenuousness of colonial power in practice. There are chapters on midwifery training and female circumcision, on health and racial ideology, and on the quest to find yellow fever virus in East Africa. Dr Bell also investigates the relationship between colonial power and medical research, arguing that a new international medicine emerged during the inter-war period.

`This study reconstructs the complex interplay between ideas and institutions, personalities and scientific realities, that structured the architecture of colonial medicine in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan up to World War II.' Jay Spaulding, International Journal of African Historical Studies `The strength of this book lies in the care with which the definition of colonial medicine is made to interact with the shifting ideologies underpinning the British presence in the Sudan.' Helen J Power, Medic. Hist. Oct.00, 44. `Bell provides insights into the opinions of different groups of non-Europeans as they function amidst the demands of colonial rule and the imposition of external values.' Helen J Power, Medic. Hist. Oct.00, 44. `she has tried and succeeded in illustrating subtlety and diversity in the colonial experience.' Helen J Power, Medic. Hist. Oct.00, 44. `Bell's multi-stranded understanding of colonial medicine is rich in archival detail.' David Arnold, THES, 7/1/00

List of Illustrations, List of Maps and Tables, List of Abbreviations Glossary 1: The Boundaries of Colonial Medicine 2: Medical Policy and Medical Practitioners 3: The Wellcome Tropical Research Laboratories and the Organization of Reseach 4: Disease, Quarantine, and Racial Categories in the Gezira Irrigation Scheme 5: Sleeping Sickness and the Ordering of the South 6: The International Construction of Yellow Fever 7: Midwifery Training and the Politics of Female Circumcision 8: Conclusion Bibliography Index

ISBN: 9780198207498
ISBN-10: 0198207492
Series: Oxford Historical Monographs
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 278
Published: 1st June 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.46