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In: Biographies of Remedies
In: Biographies of Remedies
In: European Journal for the History of Medicine and Health
In: Dental Practice in Europe at the End of the 18th Century
In: Dental Practice in Europe at the End of the 18th Century
Authors: Frank Huisman and Nancy Tomes

Abstract

In an attempt to decolonize (the history of) global health, this paper aims to do three things. First, it claims that transposing the Enlightenment notion of a social contract in public health from a European to a global context has been an artificial move, and is in fact an artefact of colonial times. Secondly, it suggests a new kind of periodization for public and global health, using three consecutive logics which connect the motives of rulers and administrators to the perceived needs of their populations. Finally, it identifies several ‘technologies of control’ which are strategically used to come to an understanding of the practices (rather than the ideologies or blueprints) of global health.

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In: European Journal for the History of Medicine and Health