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Malarial subjects : empire, medicine and nonhumans in British India, 1820-1909 / Rohan Deb Roy.

Author/creator Deb Roy, Rohan author.
Format Electronic and Book
Publication Info Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2017.
Description1 online resource (xv, 332 pages) : illustrations.
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Portion of title Empire, medicine and nonhumans in British India, 1820-1909
Series Science in history
Science in history (Cambridge University Press) ^A1347402
Contents Introduction: side effects of empire -- "Fairest of Peruvian maids": planting Cinchonas in British India -- "An imponderable poison": shifting geographies of a diagnostic category -- "A Cinchona disease": making Burdwan fever -- Beating about the bush": manufacturing quinine in a colonial factory -- Of "losses gladly borne": feeding quinine, warring mosquitoes -- Epilogue: empire, medicine and nonhumans.
Abstract Malaria was considered one of the most widespread disease-causing entities in the nineteenth century. It was associated with a variety of frailties far beyond fevers, ranging from idiocy to impotence. And yet, it was not a self-contained category. The reconsolidation of malaria as a diagnostic category during this period happened within a wider context in which cinchona plants and their most valuable extract, quinine, were reinforced as objects of natural knowledge and social control. In India, the exigencies and apparatuses of British imperial rule occasioned the close interactions between these histories. In the process, British imperial rule became entangled with a network of nonhumans that included, apart from cinchona plants and the drug quinine, a range of objects described as malarial, as well as mosquitoes. Malarial Subjects explores this history of the co-constitution of a cure and disease, of British colonial rule and nonhumans, and of science, medicine and empire.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 304-323) and index.
Copyright noteCreative Commons Open Access license CC-BY-NC-ND4.0
Source of descriptionOnline resource; title from electronic title page (Cambridge Core, viewed May 31, 2018).
Issued in other formPrint version: Deb Roy, Rohan. Malarial subjects. Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2017 9781107172364
ISBN9781316771617 (electronic book)
ISBN131677161X (electronic book)
Standard identifier# 10.1017/9781316771617

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