Ticks, germs, and bacteriological research
in Beastly encounters of the Raj
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This chapter explores issues such as the relationship between the scientific core and its peripheries, the autonomy of Metropolitan laboratories, and the impact of the colonial context on the nature of scientific research. The metropolitan influence could be strongly detected in the fact that the new science of bacteriology itself was taken up seriously by colonial scientists. Though there were a lot of continuities between older disease theories and the new germ theory, it is clear that bacteriology had come to be seen as path-breaking and innovative. The chapter focuses mostly on the Muktesar laboratory, though Pasteur Institutes also be discussed in order to provide a broader picture of bacteriological developments. Within India itself researchers were keen to move away from the heat and dust of the tropics and into the temperate hills. The chapter also explores the history of bacteriology in India which is replete with such peculiarities.

Beastly encounters of the Raj

Livelihoods, livestock and veterinary health in North India, 1790–1920

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