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Histories of Medicine and Healing in the Indian Ocean World

The Modern Period

  • Editors
  • Anna Winterbottom
  • Facil Tesfaye

Part of the Palgrave Series in Indian Ocean World Studies book series (IOWS)

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About this book


The Indian Ocean has been the site of multiple interconnected medical interactions that may be viewed in the context of the environmental factors connecting the region. This interdisciplinary work presents essays on various aspects of disease, medicine, and healing in different locations in and around the Indian Ocean from the eighteenth century to the contemporary era. The essays explore theoretical explanations for disease, concepts of fertility, material culture, healing in relation to diplomacy and colonialism, public health, and the health of slaves and migrant workers. This book will appeal to academics and graduate students working in the fields of medical and scientific history, as well as in the growing fields of Indian Ocean studies and global history.


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About the authors

Anna Winterbottom is a British Academy Research Fellow at the Centre for World Environmental History, University of Sussex and Research Associate of the Indian Ocean World Centre, McGill, Canada. She is the author of Hybrid Knowledge in the Early East India Company World  and the co-editor of The East India Company and the Natural World.

Facil Tesfaye is an Assistant Professor and Director of the African Studies Programme of the University of Hong Kong. He is the author of Statistique(s) et génocide au Rwanda: La genèse d’un système de catégorisation génocidaire.

Bibliographic information


“This collection … is the very first to use the notion of an ‘Indian Ocean world’ as a conceptual and geographical framework for the study of medicine and healing. … a wonderful addition to the swiftly expanding literature within Indian Ocean studies … . essential reading for scholars of the IOW, as well as for state and/or nation-specific specialists of the region, and for scholars working in the fields of medical and scientific history and specialists in world/global history.” (Gabriale Payne, British Journal for the History of Science, Vol. 49 (4), December, 2016)

“The chapters touch on Europe, Asia, and North, Eastern and Southern Africa and open up new aspects of medical history, whilst offering analyses of previously under-investigated regions and presenting new information.”—Helen Sweet, Professor of History, Oxford University, England