Medicine, Public Health, and the Qĺajĺar State

Medicine, Public Health, and the Qĺajĺar State

Patterns of Medical Modernization in Nineteenth-century Iran

eBook - 2004
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Ebrahimnejad (history of medicine, Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, UCL, London) works from a previously unpublished Persian text ("On the Benefits, the Maintenance, and the Statutes of the State Hospital") to examine the change from traditional to western medical care in the Qajar state in nineteenth-century Iran. In general, Ebrahimnejad finds that efforts to westernize Iranian medicine started at the institutional rather than a theoretical level, in an effort by traditional court physicians to develop the Qajar state. In the first section, he starts by describing the institutional and theoretical aspects of medical modernization in the region. He describes hospitals as they existed from pre-history through the Islamic period, public health and socio-political changes, and traditional medicine and modernization particular to the region. In the second section Ebrahimnejad presents the Persian text, its English translation, and commentary. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Brill USA
This volume provides surprising new insights into the interrelation of medical practice, public health and politics in 19th century Iran, esp. the assimilation of Western medicine into indigenous systems.

Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2004
ISBN: 9789004139114
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiv, 266 pages) : illustrations


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