Book ID: CBB001251694

Networks in Tropical Medicine: Internationalism, Colonialism, and the Rise of a Medical Specialty, 1890--1930 (2012)

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Neill, Deborah Joy (Author)


Stanford University Press


Publication Date: 2012
Physical Details: xiii + 292 pp.; bibl.; index
Language: English

Networks in Tropical Medicine explores how European doctors and scientists worked together across borders to establish the new field of tropical medicine in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The book shows that this transnational collaboration in a context of European colonialism, scientific discovery, and internationalism shaped the character of the new medical specialty. Even in an era of intense competition among European states, practitioners of tropical medicine created a transnational scientific community through which they influenced each other and the health care that was introduced to the tropical world. One of the most important developments in the shaping of tropical medicine as a specialty was the major sleeping sickness epidemic that spread across sub-Saharan Africa at the turn of the century. The book describes how scientists and doctors collaborated across borders to control, contain, and find a treatment for the disease. It demonstrates that these medical specialists' shared notions of "Europeanness," rooted in common beliefs about scientific, technological, and racial superiority, led them to establish a colonial medical practice in Africa that sometimes oppressed the same people it was created to help.

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Authors & Contributors
Tilley, Helen
Neill, Deborah Joy
Sharman Levinson
Delphine Peiretti-Courtis
Selby Hearth
Weiskopf, Julie M.
Journals
Social History of Medicine
International Journal of African Historical Studies
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Public Interest Report
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Journal of Historical Geography
Publishers
Springer International Publishing
University of Georgia Press
University of Chicago Press
Pickering & Chatto
Palgrave Macmillan
Ohio University Press
Concepts
Colonialism
Trypanosomiasis, African
Great Britain, colonies
Medicine
Tropical medicine
Race
People
Koch, Robert
Ehrlich, Paul
Jamot, Eugene
Garner, Richard Lynch
Time Periods
20th century, early
19th century
18th century
20th century, late
20th century
17th century
Places
Africa
United States
Tanzania (Tanganyika, Zanzibar)
São Tomé and Príncipe
Namibia
Indian sub-continent
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