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No Time for Empathy: Entangled Temporalities of Pediatric Medical Experimentation in Early Postcolonial India (2023)


Between 1956 and 1964, in Calcutta, India, at least seven young children with congenital hemoglobinopathies, perhaps more, were injected with various strains of malaria to test their possible immunity. Some of the children were tested on repeatedly. The experiments exposed the already sick children to additional risks and suffering. Strikingly, these experiments started less than a decade after decolonization and were conducted by Indian doctors, rather than colonial doctors. In this article I argue that such tragic practices can only be understood with reference to a set of entangled temporalities. Specifically, the temporal urgency of the postcolonial moment, the absent time of ethical regulations, and the familial tempo of caring for congenitally sick children. The entangled temporalities that authorized the pediatric experimentation, however, would not be visible without the reflexive hermeneutics developed by the Subaltern Studies scholars and nourished by the experiences of academic immigration.

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Authors & Contributors
Romeiras, Francisco Malta
Leitão, Henrique
Baily, Mary Ann
Canali, Stefano
Carroll, Tamar W.
Dober, Gregory J.
Social Studies of Science
Chinese Journal for the History of Science and Technology
Circumscribere: International Journal for the History of Science
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
International Journal of African Historical Studies
Journal of the History of Biology
Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian- Fundaçao para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Johns Hopkins University Press
Edizioni ETS
Harvard University Press
Palgrave Macmillan
Yale University Press
Biology and ethics; bioethics
Experimental medicine
Archer, Luís J.
Time Periods
20th century, late
21st century
20th century
United States
Great Britain
Human Genome Project
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)
Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC)

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