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The Usman Report (1923)

Translations of Regional Submissions

Dagmar Wujastyk & Christèle Barois (eds.)
 

Series: eJIM Supplements 4

ISBN-13: 9789493194472

Publication year: 2022

Publication type: Book

Pages: XXXVII, 566

Cover: Softcover

Format: 170 x 240 mm portrait; b. & wh. ill.

Price excl. VAT: €80.00

Price incl. VAT: €87.20

The Report of the Committee on Indigenous Systems of Medicine, Madras (1923), commissioned by the Madras government in 1921, was the first major health report to be published in India. It is commonly referred to as the Usman Report, after the committee's chairman Muhammad Usman. Its main purpose was to provide indigenous practitioners with an opportunity to put forward a strong case for state encouragement and financial support.

The second volume of the Usman Report, titled "Written and Oral Evidence," mainly consists in written responses to a questionnaire relating to theoretical, practical, economic and institutional dimensions of medical practice. Practitioners' testimonies came from all over India and were submitted in English, Sanskrit, Urdu, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannaḍa, and Oriya, providing a snapshot of the practices and sociopolitical positionings significant for those practicing traditional medicines in India at the beginning of the twentieth century.

This volume provides the first English translation of the vernacular testimonies of this important document.

There is a free pdf version of this book available: go to the Archives of eJIM (eJournal of Indian Medicine) at https://indianmedicine.nl/issue/archive and scroll down to Supplement 4, of follow this DOI:https://doi.org/10.21827/61e814114457b

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