Nurturing Indonesia: Medicine And Decolonisation In The Dutch East Indies

by Pols, Hans

Nurturing Indonesia: Medicine And Decolonisation In The Dutch East Indies

Price:  US$116.41   (SGD161.68*)
Format:  Hard Cover, 302 pages
Published:  2018, United Kingdom, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9781108424578
SB#:  062088 (120)

About This Book

Hans Pols proposes a new perspective on the history of colonial medicine from the viewpoint of indigenous physicians. The Indonesian medical profession in the Dutch East Indies actively participated in political affairs by joining and leading nationalist associations, by publishing in newspapers and magazines, and by becoming members of city councils and the colonial parliament. Indonesian physicians were motivated by their medical training, their experiences as physicians, and their subordinate position within the colonial health care system to organise, lead, and join social, cultural, and political associations. Opening with the founding of Indonesia's first political association in 1908 and continuing with the initiatives of the Association of Indonesian Physicians, Pols describes how the Rockefeller Foundation's projects inspired the formulation of a nationalist health programme. Tracing the story through the Japanese annexation, the war of independence, and independent Indonesia, Pols reveals the relationship between medicine and decolonisation, and the role of physicians in Asian history.

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