By Poonam Bala
This quantity provides biomedicine as a website of contestation and conflicts, of strategies of variation, lodging, and of resistance, in a distinct courting with colonization and social keep watch over in a scientific come upon that signaled the boundaries of country keep an eye on of indigenous populations.
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Revival of indigenous medicine, Ayurveda and Unani, occupied a prominent place in the new agenda. This was also the period during which indigenous medical men were keen to have an independent status for indigenous medical science. The nationalist movement provided the framework for these expressions. Professional bodies were formed to regulate medical practice. Practitioners of Ayurveda, vaids, were listed, and hakims (practitioners of Unani or Greco-Arab medicine) were taken care of by the Mahomedan Literary Society and the National Mahomedan Association in Bengal.
Practitioners from the family often offered their services in the newly founded clinics, but occasionally made home visits to treat the infirm. By the late nineteenth century, there were forty-six native graduates of medicine who had a lucrative practice. These excluded assistant surgeons, and other physicians attached to local clinics and dispensaries. Most of these practiced in areas that were predominantly inhabited by the Parsi population in the Fort Market, Khetwady, and Dhobee Talao divisions.
Most of these practiced in areas that were predominantly inhabited by the Parsi population in the Fort Market, Khetwady, and Dhobee Talao divisions. 17 Another group that made a noticeable mark in colonial India was represented by the Bhadralok, the new intelligentsia in Bengal. The group was by no means an economic or occupational category, but an analytical one that included elements of economy and occupation. 18 The involvement of the Parsis in Bombay, and Bhadralok in Bengal has had historical links with the educational institutions that were established in the two Presidencies.