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By S. Amrith

This publication bargains a historical past of overseas public future health spanning the colonial and post-colonial eras. the quantity specializes in India and the transnational networks connecting advancements in India with Southeast Asia, and the broader global and contributes to debates on nationalism, internationalism and technology in an age of decolonization.

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12 The expansion of medical research and the establishment of medical institutions in the tropical colonies gained support from networks of international scientific research and philanthropy, which expanded into Asia during the inter-war years. 14 But no network had the reach of the Rockefeller Foundation by the 1920s. The Foundation, established in 1909, first intervened in public health activities through the work of its Sanitary Commission for the Eradication of Hookworm Disease in the US Deep South.

1 Depression and the Internationalization of Public Health This chapter is concerned with the constitution of an international discourse of public health in the 1930s, a discourse that wove previously fragmented experiments in medicine and sanitation across Asia into a more unified set of ideas and practices. While colonial public health efforts remained fragmented and touched a very small proportion of Asia’s populations, the language of rural public health brought together a somewhat unlikely range of visions on the fringes of colonial policy.

No real advance in medical relief was made during this year’, he wrote in 1933, ‘indeed, the net increase since 1918 has been only 9 dispensaries…. ’35 Two visions of rural hygiene The Indies and the world It was on the fringes of the state that the discourse of nutrition and social medicine flourished. In the view of the protagonists of rural hygiene, much more ambitious than colonial states running on a shoestring, public health was nothing less than an alternative to communism. 36 It provided space for unlikely intellectual alliances between colonial officials, scientists and Asian nationalists.

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