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Author Zurbrigg, Sheila.

Title Epidemic Malaria and Hunger in Colonial Punjab : Weakened by Want
Published Milton, UNITED KINGDOM : Routledge India, 2018
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Series The Social History of Health and Medicine in South Asia
Social history of health and medicine in South Asia.
Contents 1. Introduction PART I. Epidemic Malaria in Punjab: The Rain-Scarcity Model 2. Malaria in the Punjab (1911) 3. Theoretical and Methodological Issues 4. Testing the Rain-Price Epidemic Model 5. Outliers to the Rain-Price Epidemic Model 6. Mechanisms of Intense Malaria PART II. Colonial Malaria Control: Policy and Practice 7. Pre-1909 Malaria Policy 8. The Human Factor Articulated 9. Post-Simla: Malaria Control in Practice PART III. Shifts in Food Security, 1868-1947 10. Relief of Established Famine: 1880-1900 11. The Shift to Famine Prevention 12. Acute Hunger and Malaria Lethality: Test Cases Post-1940 13. Conclusion. Appendix. Bibliography
Summary This book documents the primary role of acute hunger (semi- and frank starvation) in the 'fulminant' malaria epidemics that repeatedly afflicted the northwest plains of British India through the first half of colonial rule. Using Punjab vital registration data and regression analysis it also tracks the marked decline in annual malaria mortality after 1908 with the control of famine, despite continuing post-monsoonal malaria transmission across the province. The study establishes a time-series of annual malaria mortality estimates for each of the 23 plains districts of colonial Punjab province between 1868 and 1947 and for the early post-Independence years (1948-60) in (East) Punjab State. It goes on to investigate the political imperatives motivating malaria policy shifts on the part of the British Raj. This work reclaims the role of hunger in Punjab malaria mortality history and, in turn, raises larger epistemic questions regarding the adequacy of modern concepts of nutrition and epidemic causation in historical and demographic analysis. Part of The Social History of Health and Medicine in South Asia series, this book will be useful to scholars and researchers of colonial history, modern history, social medicine, social anthropology and public health
Notes Print version record
Subject Epidemics -- India -- Punjab -- History
Hunger -- India -- Punjab -- History
Malaria -- Mortality -- India -- Punjab -- History -- 19th century
Malaria -- Mortality -- India -- Punjab -- History -- 20th century
Malaria -- India -- Punjab -- Epidemiology -- History
Burdwan fever.
HISTORY -- General.
HISTORY -- Social History.
Indian Famine Code.
Malaria -- Epidemiology.
Malaria -- Mortality.
Mian Mir.
Ronald Ross.
S.R. Christophers.
Simla malaria conference.
acute hunger.
colonial Punjab.
indentured labour.
tropical aggregation of labour.
vector eradication.
India -- Punjab.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0429425694