What does global health stem from, when is it born, how does it relate to the
contemporary world order? This book explores the origins of global health, a new
regime of health intervention in countries of the global South, born around
1990. It proposes an encompassing view of the transition from international
public health to global health, bringing together historians and anthropologists
to explore the relationship between knowledge, practices and policies. It aims
at interrogating two gaps left by historical and anthropological studies of the
governance of health outside Europe and North America. The first is a temporal
gap between the historiography of international public health through the 1970s
and the numerous anthropological studies of global health in the present. The
second originates in problems of scale. Macro-inquiries of institutions and
politics, and micro-investigations of local configurations, abound. The book
relies on a stronger engagement between history and anthropology, i.e. the
harnessing of concepts (circulation, scale, transnationalism) crossing both of
them, and on four domains of intervention: tuberculosis, mental health, medical
genetics and traditional (Asian) medicines. The volume analyses how the new
modes of ‘interventions on the life of others’ recently appeared, why they blur
the classical divides between North and South and how they relate to the more
general neoliberal turn in politics and economy. The book is meant for
academics, students and health professionals interested in new discussions about
the transnational circulation of drugs, bugs, therapies, biomedical technologies
and people in the context of the ‘neoliberal turn’ in development practices.
Claire Beaudevin, Jean-Paul Gaudillière, Christoph Gradmann, Anne M. Lovell, and Laurent Pordié
touched by the globalization of health today: infectious disease (TB), non-communicable disease (mental health), traditional medicine (Asianmedicines) and high-technology medical innovations (medical genetics). Within each field, the authors interrogate specific assemblages to approach processes rather than structures. While never losing sight of local specificities, the chapters emphasize transversal processes, such as movements of ‘localization’ and ‘generalization’ that challenge attempts at making ‘things [purely] global’ in the name of universality by overriding
that a key contributor to the large-scale migration
of South Asian doctors was the fact that South Asian medical systems
continued to work along post-imperial lines rather than being radically redefined. British medicine remained a model to be emulated and
South Asianmedicine continued to situate itself in relation to medicine in Britain. Those responsible for healthcare systems and medical
training on the subcontinent continued to internalise the values of the
imperial power, in the way that Frantz Fanon described in Peau noire,
masques blancs (black skin, white
Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.
(Attributed to Pablo Picasso)
Introduction: global acupuncture and bodies on treatment
Acupuncture is an essential part of East Asianmedicine. A peculiar way of diagnosing and treating people via meridians inside their bodies punctuated by regulatory points, it is a simple yet sophisticated art of healing that has been used
myself, a resulting international conference was held at the University of Westminster in
London in August 2010 that invited historians working at the cutting edge
of scholarship on East Asianmedicine to engage with the philosophical concerns of epistemology, the thick descriptive modes of critical analysis, and
the tools of cultural studies. A selection of the conference papers – those
focusing on Chinese medicine in the modern context – has been revised
considerably in the intermittent years and forms the basis of this collection.
The chapters each raise and
Daktar Binodbihari Ray Kabiraj and the metaphorics of the
nineteenth-century Ayurvedic body
Projit Bihari Mukharji
largest and best funded non-biomedical tradition in South Asia, but also as a global therapeutic option available in each of the major continents.
Moreover, my window into this Ayurvedic modernity will be the nineteenth-century Ayurvedic body.
In the interests of space, I have developed my account of Ayurvedic modernity through a discussion of the writings of one particular Ayurvedic author, Binodbihari Ray (1862–?). After a brief review of the extant literature on Asianmedicines and modernity, I
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9 Lei, “Qi-transformation.”
10 For details, see Marta E. Hanson, Speaking of Epidemics in Chinese Medicine:
Disease and the Geographic Imagination in Late Imperial China (Abingdon:
11 Unless otherwise noted, all page citations from the Chongqing tang suibi come
from the widely available reprint edition published as part of Wang Mengying
yixue quanshu (The Complete Collection of Wang Mengying’s Medical Books)
(Beijing: Zhongguo zhongyiyao chubanshe, 1999
Material culture approaches to exploring humanitarian exchanges
Amanda B. Moniz
‘contribute[d] to the prosperity’ of the port
city and, as a result, the whole state. Indeed, the patient population
reflected the city’s position as a thriving commercial port. About
half the patients were foreign-born, with Irish and British predominating,
but patients also hailed from across Europe, the West Indies and
occasionally Asia. Medicine, medical books and journals, and other supplies
necessary for tending to the
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