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Idioms of Madness and Colonial Boundaries: The Case of the European and "Native" Mentally Ill
By the early decades of the nineteenth century, the three small institutions in the provincial capitals of Madras, Mumbai, and Calcutta were no longer considered adequate and the need to set up a network of public asylums to receive both "criminal" and "harmless" insane Indians in provincial centres upcountry had become pressing.
Beyond East and West. From the History of Colonial Medicine to a Social History of Medicine(s) in South Asia
  • W. Ernst
  • Medicine, History
  • 1 December 2007
It is argued that the seemingly irreconcilable tension and at times unhelpful hostility between proponents of Fanonian and Foucaultian paradigms on the one hand and archival data-focused historians of medicine on the other needs to be overcomelest researchers continue to be caught up in either ideologically fraught and conceptually misleading eastversuswestbifurcations or narrowlyframed localcasestudies.
Asylum provision and the East India Company in the nineteenth century.
  • W. Ernst
  • Medicine
    Medical history
  • 1 October 1998
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Crossing the Boundaries of ‘Colonial Psychiatry’. Reflections on the Development of Psychiatry in British India, c. 1870–1940
  • W. Ernst
  • Sociology, Medicine
    Culture, medicine and psychiatry
  • 31 August 2011
It is suggested here that reference to ‘colonial’ medicine and psychiatry tends to reify the ideology of colonialism and neglect other important dimensions such as the role of international scientific networks and the mental hospital as the locus of care and medicalization.
Plural Medicine, Tradition and Modernity, 1800-2000
This book brings together current critical research into medical pluralism during the last two centuries by bringing together a rich selection of historical, anthropological and sociological case-studies that cover many different parts of the globe.