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Mixed Medicines

Sokhieng Au

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780226031637
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226031651 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226031651.001.0001
Mixed Medicines

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During the first half of the twentieth century, representatives of the French colonial health services actively strove to expand the practice of Western medicine in the frontier colony of Cambodia. But as the French physicians ventured beyond their colonial enclaves, they found themselves negotiating with the plurality of Cambodian cultural practices relating to health and disease, negotiations that were marked by some success, a great deal of misunderstanding, and much failure. Bringing together historical vignettes, social and anthropological theory, and quantitative analyses, this book examines these interactions between the Khmer, Cham, and Vietnamese of Cambodia and the French, documenting the differences in their understandings of medicine and revealing the unexpected transformations that occurred during this period—for both the French and the indigenous population.

Keywords: colonial health services; Western medicine; Cambodia; cultural practices; Khmer; Cham; Vietnamese; indigenous population

Book.  280 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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