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Beyond the StateThe colonial medical service in British Africa$
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Anna Greenwood

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719089671

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719089671.001.0001

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Crossing the divide

Crossing the divide

medical missionaries and government service in Uganda, 1897–1940

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(p.19) Chapter Two Crossing the divide
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Beyond the State
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Yolana Pringle

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719089671.003.0002

This chapter examines collaborations between mission and government doctors in colonial Uganda. Drawing on records from the Church Missionary Society and Uganda's District Archives, it considers the everyday dealings between mission doctors and the colonial government at Mengo Hospital, the formal co-opting of mission doctors into government service in the 1920s, and the changing nature of medical work in Uganda from the 1930s. It argues that the relationship between ‘missionary’ and ‘government’ medical work was never clearly defined, and that missionaries and colonial administrators reacted to local circumstances, formulating guidelines in a largely ad hoc manner. It suggests that the complexity of the relationship between mission and government doctors means that neither missionary nor colonial medicine should be considered in isolation.

Keywords:   Colonial medicine, missionary medicine, Uganda, Church Missionary Society, Mengo Hospital

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