“Healing on Credit: Medical Bills and the Politics of Medicine in Eighteenth-Century Pondichéry”

Engraving of sailboats near a coast, where two large 19th century buildings lay
Engraving by an anonymous printmaker of the French East India Company's warehouses, the Admiralty and the Governor's House at Pondicherry in Tamil Nadu and published in the 19th century. / Courtesy: British Library

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This article presents part of the research Jakob Burnham has been conducting in his 2021-2022 Medical Humanities Research Fellowship. Burnham’s research explores the centrality of medical professionals to France’s colonial empire, and in this publication he focuses on what medical bills can tell us about the history of French colonialism in India.

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