Waltraud Ernst is a professor of the history of medicine in the Department of History, Philosophy and Religion at Oxford Brookes University, UK.
- Hardcover: 180 pages
- Publisher: Anthem Press (Aug 1 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0857280198
- ISBN-13: 978-0857280190
This book focuses on the Ranchi Indian Mental Hospital, the largest public psychiatric facility in colonial India during the 1920s and 1930s. It breaks new ground by offering unique material for a critical engagement with the phenomena of the ‘indigenisation’ or ‘Indianisation’ of the colonial medical services and the significance of international professional networks. The work also provides a detailed assessment of the role of gender and race in this field, and of Western and culturally specific medical treatments and diagnoses. The volume offers an unprecedented look at both the local and global factors that had a strong bearing on hospital management and psychiatric treatment at this institution.