Motives and Ideologies behind the Leprosy Asylums in British by Nejla Demirkaya

By Nejla Demirkaya

Seminar paper from the 12 months 2014 within the topic heritage - Asia, grade: 1,3, college of Göttingen (Centre for contemporary Indian Studies), path: future health and medication in South Asia: A old viewpoint, 1750-1950, language: English, summary: Even to fashionable scientists, convinced features of leprosy akin to its detailed mode of transmission and element of onset stay a question of study. How a lot larger the confusion in regard to leprosy should have been in colonial instances, whilst Western drugs as we all know it this present day was once simply commencing to evolve, is well understood by way of the numerous varied, even contradictory attitudes in the direction of the sickness and the methods of facing its victims in British India. utilizing the instance of the most associations targeted for the housing and the care of India’s “lepers“, the leprosy asylums, the various assorted causes and ideologies engaging within the clinical, public and political discourse in this old sickness will probably be pointed out and mentioned, looking to exhibit the numerous interconnections among colonial pursuits, public strain, clinical views and missionary time table. Did colonial intervention root in clinical or fairly pragmatic concerns? What non secular ideologies nurtured the want for the confinement of “lepers“? How a lot effect did Indian public opinion exert at the approach leprosy used to be handled? This paper therefore makes an attempt to bare the internal workings of the colonial kingdom by way of the various brokers enjoying public wellbeing and fitness judgements and policies.

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