CHAPTER 20

The Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine: Foundation to Opening, 1910–211

Helen Bynum*

The inclusion of the Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine (CSTM) in a volume dedicated to the history of the scientific institutions of modern India (1784–1947) is easy to justify, despite its obvious colonial overtones. At its founding, the CSTM added to a range of existing initiatives intended to develop medical science in the Indian subcontinent and represented the first school of tropical medicine at the periphery of the British Empire. Its history provides a means to consider some of the priorities of colonial medicine in India during the early years of the twentieth century and to unpack the relationships between local (Government of Bengal), ...

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