Chapter

: Settings

in Mixed Medicines

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780226031637
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226031651 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226031651.003.0002
: Settings

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This chapter outlines the setting for the development of Western medicine in French colonial Cambodia, discusses French medicine in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and provides an overview of the major professional, technical, and conceptual changes in medicine and biomedical research, along with Khmer medical practices and philosophies. Cambodia as a protectorate was under a system of indirect rule. Several different ethnic groups existed there, with wide-ranging medical beliefs. The range of healers in Khmer society varied, and this was complicated by the differences between types of healers among the different ethnic groups. The three main branches of French medicine operating in Cambodia were the military medicine, the Assistance Médicale, and the Pasteur Institute. The ties within the networks of medicine often meant that the influence and action seen in Cambodia could be far removed from the impulse that had created it.

Keywords: French medicine; colonial Cambodia; military medicine; Assistance Médicale; Pasteur Institute; healers; Khmer medical practices

Chapter.  7767 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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