Book ID: CBB453593524

Epidemic Malaria and Hunger in Colonial Punjab: Weakened by Want (2018)

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Zurbrigg, Sheila (Author)


Routledge India


Publication Date: 2018
Physical Details: 470
Language: English

This book documents the primary role of acute hunger (semi- and frank starvation) in the ‘fulminant’ malaria epidemics that repeatedly afflicted the northwest plains of British India through the first half of colonial rule. Using Punjab vital registration data and regression analysis it also tracks the marked decline in annual malaria mortality after 1908 with the control of famine, despite continuing post-monsoonal malaria transmission across the province. The study establishes a time-series of annual malaria mortality estimates for each of the 23 plains districts of colonial Punjab province between 1868 and 1947 and for the early post-Independence years (1948-60) in (East) Punjab State. It goes on to investigate the political imperatives motivating malaria policy shifts on the part of the British Raj. This work reclaims the role of hunger in Punjab malaria mortality history and, in turn, raises larger epistemic questions regarding the adequacy of modern concepts of nutrition and epidemic causation in historical and demographic analysis. Part of The Social History of Health and Medicine in South Asia series, this book will be useful to scholars and researchers of colonial history, modern history, social medicine, social anthropology and public health.

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Authors & Contributors
Yip, Ka-che
Jones, M.
Buckingham, Jane
Winther, Paul C.
Lima, Eronides da Silva
Gilman, Sander L.
Journals
Social History of Medicine
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Asclepio: Archivo Iberoamericano de Historia de la Medicina
Journal of Interdisciplinary History
Science in Context
Archives of Natural History
Publishers
Hong Kong University Press
Cambridge University Press
Palgrave Global Publishing at St. Martin's Press
Lexington Books
Rowman & Littlefield
Duke University Press
Concepts
Malaria
Epidemics
Public health
Medicine and politics
Great Britain, colonies
Disease and diseases
People
Castro, Josué de
Tolrá, Juan José
Succi, Giovanni
Places
India
Hong Kong
Great Britain
Sri Lanka
Taiwan
China
Times
19th century
20th century
20th century, early
21st century
18th century
Modern
Institutions
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)
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