The Balms of White Grief: Indian Doctors, Vulnerability, and Pride in Victoria, 1890-1912

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This article uses the 1898 manslaughter trial of two Indian medical practitioners in 6 Victoria, Australia, as a lens to explore the settler colonial politics of medicine. 7 Whereas imperial and colonial historians have long recognised the close and complex 8 interrelationship of medicine and race, the emotional dimensions to care-giving have 9 been under-appreciated – as has the place of the emotions within wider histories of 10 sickness and health. Yet, this case studies shows, grief, vulnerability, catharsis and 11 pride shaped the practice of medicine in fin-de-siecle Victoria. In particular, I argue 12 that, like other emotions, grief does racial work.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-49
JournalItinerario: journal on the history of European expansion and global interaction
Volume42
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes

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