Health Care in Bombay Presidency, 1896–1930
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Formerly Associate Professor, Department of History, SIES College, University of Mumbai
This book studies aspects of public health in Bombay Presidency from 1896 to 1930. Based upon extensive primary data, it charts both the changes in the colonial plague policy from the deadly epidemic of 1896 to the frequent epidemics that appeared in the 1900s, as well as the changes in Indian responses to that police in different regions of the Presidency. It also refers to unique local initiatives by activist health officials, civic leaders, and Indian doctors, efforts to bring sanitary consciousness into the public sphere. There was also a close link between attempts to improve the health of women and the growing number of female Indian doctors, and this book encompasses the forging of this connection and its ramifications as it grew and strengthened.
‘Dr Ramanna has placed all those who are interested in the history of Bombay and its medical history in her debt by providing these fruits of her research over decades.’
Sunil K. Pandya, The National Medical Journal of India