Over the last century, identity as an avenue of inquiry has become both an academic growth industry and a problematic category of historical analysis. This volume shows how the study of medicine can provide new insights into colonial identity, and the possibility of accommodating multiple perspectives on identity within a single narrative. Contributors to this volume explore the perceived self-identity of colonizers; the adoption of western and traditional medicine as complementary aspects of a new, modern and nationalist identity; the creation of a modern identity for women in the colonies; and the expression of a healer's identity by physicians of traditional medicine.
'This short edited collection of six papers represents an important step forward in the medical history of colonialism.'- Medical History, January 2005, 49(1)
'This book … makes an important contribution to a growing awareness of the potential for fruitful interdisciplinarity between medical history and cultural studies.' - Medical History, January 2005, 49(1)