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Beastly encounters of the RajLivelihoods, livestock and veterinary health in India, 1790-1920$
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Saurabh Mishra

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719089725

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719089725.001.0001

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Ticks, germs, and bacteriological research

Ticks, germs, and bacteriological research

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(p.59) Chapter Three Ticks, germs, and bacteriological research
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Beastly encounters of the Raj
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Saurabh Mishra

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719089725.003.0004

This chapter will look at bacteriological developments that took place in India in the context of animal diseases such as rinderpest, surra, and glanders. It is a striking fact that the bacteriological research in India in its early decades (from the 1890s onwards) was focused mostly on animal diseases, and little attention was paid at institutes such as the Imperial Bacteriological Institute (Muktesar) to human diseases such as cholera or plague. This chapter will examine the reasons behind this, but more importantly it will examine the larger issue of colonial science and its relationship with metropolitan scientific trends. In other words, we will address the question of whether bacteriological research in India was independent/autonomous, or if it slavishly followed metropolitan trends. This chapter will also allow us to further clarify the colonial position on the subject of veterinary health and cattle diseases, which had been highlighted in chapter II.

Keywords:   Rinderpest, Muktesar, laboratory, bacteriology, metropolitan, germs

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