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Author Hesselink, Elisabeth Quirine, 1943-

Title Healers on the colonial market : Native doctors and midwives in the Dutch East Indies / Liesbeth Hesselink
Published Leiden : KITLV Press, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 376 pages) : illustrations, portraits
Series Verhandelingen van het Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde ; 276
Verhandelingen van het Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde ; 276. 1572-1892
Contents Introduction -- The medical market around 1850 -- Colonial decision-making -- Newcomers on the medical market, dokter djawa 1850-1875 -- More newcomers on the medical market, Native midwives 1850-1875 -- The STOVIA, dokter djawa 1875-1915 -- Pathetic tiny deeds, native midwives 1875-1915 -- The medical market around 1915 -- Conclusion
Summary "Healers on the Colonial Market is one of the few studies on the Dutch East Indies from a postcolonial perspective. It provides an enthralling addition to research on both the history of the Dutch East Indies and the history of colonial medicine. This book will be of interest to historians, historians of science and medicine, and anthropologists. How successful were the two medical training programmes established in Jakarta by the colonial government in 1851? One was a medical school for Javanese boys, and the other a school for midwives for Javanese girls, and the graduates were supposed to replace Native healers, the dukun. However, the Indigenous population was not prepared to use the services of these doctors and midwives. Native doctors did in fact prove useful as vaccinators and assistant doctors, but the school for midwives was closed in 1875. Even though there were many horror stories of mistakes made during dukun-assisted deliveries, the school was not reopened, and instead a handful of girls received practical training from European physicians. Under the Ethical Policy there was more attention for the welfare of the Indigenous population and the need for doctors increased. More Native boys received medical training and went to work as general practitioners. Nevertheless, not everybody accepted these Native doctors as the colleagues of European physicians."--Publisher's description
Notes Originally presented as the author's thesis (doctoral)--Universiteit van Amsterdam, 2009
Translation from the Dutch
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Notes Print version record
Subject Medical care -- Indonesia -- History -- 19th century
Medical care -- Indonesia -- History -- 20th century
Physicians -- Training of -- Indonesia -- History -- 19th century
Physicians -- Training of -- Indonesia -- History -- 20th century
Midwives -- Training of -- Indonesia -- History -- 19th century
Midwives -- Training of -- Indonesia -- History -- 20th century
Healers -- Indonesia -- History -- 19th century
Healers -- Indonesia -- History -- 20th century
Delivery of Health Care -- history
Colonialism -- history
Education, Medical -- history
Health Services, Indigenous -- history
History, 19th Century
Midwifery -- history
Physicians -- history
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Ethnic Studies -- General.
Medical care
Midwives -- Training of
Physicians -- Training of
SUBJECT Indonesia
Subject Indonesia
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
Author Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde (Netherlands)
ISBN 9004253572
Other Titles Genezers op de koloniale markt. English