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Volume 24 Issue 3 September 1999 pp 259-268 Perspectives
The truth behind the legend: European doctors in pre-colonial India
The aim of this article is to point out that the medical history of India in the seventeenth century needs to be studied for its bearing on the history of medical science in this country. During the period 1644–1717, European physicians in India were sought and pampered by the Indian ruling class. English doctors were able to translate this professional goodwill into concrete commercial concessions for the British East India Company. The concessions gave the Company an edge over its rivals, and, more importantly, gave it a cause to fight for. In consequence, the Company was transformed from a
Volume 36 Issue 5 December 2011 pp 761-768 Perspectives
Smallpox in the modern scientific and colonial contexts 1721–1840
Volume 37 Issue 6 December 2012 pp 937-947 Perspectives
Early modern natural history: Contributions from the Americas and India
Volume 38 Issue 2 June 2013 pp 201-224 Perspectives
Natural history in India during the 18th and 19th centuries
Volume 44 Issue 3 July 2019 Article ID 0060 Article
Ancient Indian history: What do we know and how?
When and where was the Rigveda (Rv) composed? How are the Vedic people related to the vast Harappan archaeologicaltradition? These quintessential questions have no direct answers. At our current level of understanding, archaeology andsacred texts constitute two distinct streams which do not intersect. We must therefore collate evidence from differentsources and try to produce a synthesis. It is particularly important to take note of archaeological evidence from Central Asia,because it has not received the attention it deserves. What is well known in science must be kept in mind in the case ofhistory also. A theory to be valid must explain each and every fact (known at present or to be known in future) in a selfconsistentmanner. Conversely, even if there is one piece of evidence that a theory is unable to explain, it should be put onhold, modified or even rejected.
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