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Healing Bodies, Saving Souls: Medical Missions in Asia and by David Hardiman (Editor)

By David Hardiman (Editor)

Missionary drugs flourished in the course of the interval of excessive ecu imperialism, from the late-1800s to the Sixties. even though the determine of undertaking general practitioner - exemplified via David Livingstone and Albert Schweitzer - exercised a strong effect at the Western mind's eye through the 19th and early-twentieth centuries, few historians have tested the heritage of this significant point of the missionary flow. This selection of articles on Asia and Africa makes use of the vast files that exist on scientific missions to either improve and problem latest histories of the medical institution in colonial territories even if of the dispensary, the sanatorium, the maternity domestic or leprosy asylum. the various significant issues addressed inside of contain the perspective of other Christian denominations in the direction of clinical project paintings, their differing theories and practices, how the missionaries have been drawn into contentious neighborhood politics, and their perspective in the direction of supernatural treatments. Leprosy, frequently a function of such paintings, is explored, in addition to the ways that area people perceived sickness, therapeutic and the missionaries themselves. additionally mentioned is the $64000 contribution of ladies in the direction of venture scientific paintings. therapeutic our bodies, Saving Souls should be of curiosity not just to scholars and historians but additionally the broader reader because it goals to outline where of missionary in the total historical past of drugs. Contents checklist of Illustrations Acknowledgements David HARDIMAN: creation Michael C. LAZICH: looking Souls during the Eyes of the Blind: The delivery of the scientific Missionary Society in Nineteenth-Century China Timothy MAN-KONG WONG: neighborhood Voluntarism: The clinical project of the London Missionary Society in Hong Kong, 1842 1923 John R. STANLEY: Professionalising the agricultural scientific project in Weixian, 1890 1925 David HARDIMAN: Christian remedy: clinical Missionaries and the Adivasis of Western India, 1880 1930 James H. generators: Colonialism, hashish and the Christians: venture clinical Kn

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L. Stirrat has argued that the French Roman Catholic missionaries were often ambivalent towards miracle cures. On the one hand, they were prepared to allow such practices so that their shrines could attract pilgrims, and they made no attempt to prevent the sale there of pamphlets that were full of miracle stories connected with that place. Yet, aware that their Protestant competitors despised them for this, they tended to feel somewhat defensive on the matter. Their education in France had imbued them with post-Enlightenment values, so that they themselves must have been somewhat sceptical – as indeed was often the case in nineteenth-century France, where an educated clergy tolerated what they now saw as popular superstitions.

When the United Presbyterian Church of Scotland, for example, initiated missionary work in India, it decided to focus on Rajasthan, as other mission bodies had neglected this area. Indian princes ruled most of this region, and to work in their states, the missionaries had to cultivate their goodwill. Dr Colin Valentine managed to gain a base for his medical mission work in Jaipur State after he had successfully treated a member of the Maharaja’s household. The ruler pressed him to remain as his personal physician, and paid him a salary.

Its prime object was to train Indian Christian women for zenana medical work. In the early twentieth century it began to admit non-Christian students, and changed its name to the Women’s Christian Medical College. 117 In Africa, where women were not kept in seclusion as in many parts of Asia, there was no comparable woman’s work. However, as Michael Jennings shows in his chapter in this volume, a strong emphasis developed in medical mission circles in Africa from the 1920s onwards on maternity and childcare work.

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