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Global and Local Histories of Medicine: Interpretative Challenges and Future Possibilities

Sanjoy Bhattacharya

in The Oxford Handbook of the History of Medicine

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199546497
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199546497.013.0008

Series: Oxford Handbooks in History

 Global and Local Histories of Medicine: Interpretative Challenges and Future Possibilities

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This article attempts to develop a more inclusive set of conceptual frameworks for global histories of health and medicine. It is based on the assessment of a very well known global story: the programme to eradicate smallpox. It is a case study worthy of analysis because its histories have been particularly prone to narrow notions of globality. An effort is made in this article to study a variety of voices and to examine how a diversity of people carried out intricate negotiations with different political and social constituencies and helped to expunge variola. The approach here, which is also recommended as a mode of research, is to go behind the scenes to study views expressed in private, and then assess how the resulting convictions, discussions, and debates impacted on the unfolding of policy.

Keywords: health; medicine; globality; histories; research

Article.  7497 words. 

Subjects: History ; Contemporary History (Post 1945)

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