Public health

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Occupations in the field of public health include:

See also, Indian Subordinate Medical Department

FIBIS resources

  • "Lost and Found-the records of Pembroke House" by Sylvia Dibbs FIBIS Journal Number 28 (Autumn 2012) pages 41-46 . Captain John Dibbs was a patient at the Lunatic Asylum at Bhowanipur in 1836 and was admitted to Pembroke House, the lunatic asylum run by the East India Company for its afflicted personnel, in Hackney London in 1837. See FIBIS Journals for details of how to access this article.
  • "Owen Berkeley-Hill and Psychiatry in India" by Mike Young" FIBIS Journal Number 30 (Autumn 2013) pages 8-20

Recommended Reading

  • Science and the Changing Environment in India 1780-1920: A Guide to Sources in the India Office Records by Richard Axelby and Savithri Preetha Nair 2009. The guide is arranged in eleven chapters including one in respect of health and disease including medical education. For full review see Research guides reading list

See also

External links

  • Medical History of British India, many Disease and Public Health reports, including military reports, from 19th and 20th century British India, from the National Library of Scotland, available online.
The Online Project is described in this 2009 link[1]

Historical books online

Page 304 ... also, Observations on the hepatitis of the East Indies by John Hunter 3rd edition 1808, first published 1788, (2nd edition 1796)
The Prison and the Mad House. Being the Narrative of a Visit Paid to the Alipore Jail ... and to the Bhowanipore and Dullunda Asylums by Mr. T. H. Lloyd, Etc. [Reprinted from the Calcutta “Englishman.”] 1858 Google Books
Annual Report on the Insane Asylums in Bengal for the year... 1862, published 1863; 1870, published 1871 Google Books
Insanity In India: Its Symptoms and Diagnosis. With reference to the relation of Crime and Insanity by G. F. W. Ewens, Major, Indian Medical Service. 1908
The Indian lunacy manual for medical officers and the general public : a summary of the lunacy acts and rules regulating the admission into, detention in, and discharge from Government Lunatic Asylums of private and public patients compiled by Major R Bryson, Indian Medical Service, revised by Captain P Heffernan IMS. 3rd edition 1913.
Health management of plantation coolies page 290, The Experiences of a Planter in the Jungles of Mysore, Volume II by Robert H Elliot 1871 Google Books
Investigation and Report by two American missionaries into the government sanctioned brothels in British Army cantonments. It is believed the authors visited India after the Cantonment Act of 1889, perhaps c early 1890s.
" India: Bengal. Report" by C. Macnamara, Medical Officer-in-Charge of the "Chandnie" Hospital, Calcutta, and Surgeon to the Ophthalmic Hospital. Page 87 ‪Reports on the progress of practical and scientific medicine, ed. by H. Dobell, Volume 2‬, 1871. Google Books. Includes a section on "Asiatic Cholera", and also "The Epidemic Fever of Bengal", malarial disease.
A History of Asiatic Cholera by C. Macnamara 1876
Sir J Fayrer also wrote on deaths caused by wild animals, including snakes, see Scientific books online - Animals.
In Memoriam. Waldemar Mordecai Wolff Haffkine. Born 15 (3) March, 1860. Died 26 October, 1930 by W Bulloch [William]. Repr. from: The journal of pathology and bacteriology, vol. 34 1931.
"W.M.W.Haffkine, Bacteriologist - A Great Saviour of Mankind" by H I Jhala Indian Journal of History of Science, Volume 2, Issue 2 1967.
"Waldemar Haffkine: The vaccine pioneer the world forgot" by Joel Gunter and Vikas Pandey c 12 December 2020. BBC News.
The book The Brilliant and Tragic Life of W. M. W. Haffkine, Bacteriologist by Selman A Waksman, published New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, 1964 is available at the British Library UIN: BLL01003831470
Tropical Trials. A Hand-book for Women in the Tropics by Major S Leigh Hunt Madras Army and Alexander S Kenny. 1883
[Volume B] Report of the Commissioners Appointed to Inquire into the Sanitary State of the Army in India : with Abstract of Evidence, and of Reports Received from Indian Military Stations 1864 with Map of India showing the Military Stations c 1864 and "Abstract of Sanitary Details in Reports from Principal Military Stations in Bengal" page 335 (Madras Presidency page 403 Bombay 443) The first 156 pages in Volume B is the same information as the first 196 pages in Volume A. Volume B also contains
[Volume C] Observations on the evidence contained in the Stational Reports submitted to her by the Royal Commission on the Sanitary State of the Army in India by Florence Nightingale 1863
Volumes A, B, C overlap and form part of the contents of two additional publications Volumes I and II, which contain the detailed evidence given to the Commissioners.
Report of Royal Commission on the Sanitary State of the Army in India. Pdf download, GIPE Digitised Books, Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune. Titles as catalogued.
Vol. I: Precis of Evidence, Minutes of Evidence and Addenda (943 pages)
Vol. 1: Report of the Commissioners Minutes of Evidence. Part. II (632 pages)
Vol. II: Appendix, 1. Reports from stations in India and its dependencies occupied by British and by native troops. 2. Reports of inspectors-general of hospitals. 3. Reports on stations in Ceylon (959 pages)
Vol. 2: Appendix Report of the Commissioners Minutes of Evidence. Part. II (488 pages)
Also available on the subscription website "House of Commons Parliamentary Papers", as part of Paper number 3184 of 1863 - Document type: Command Papers; Reports Of Commissioners.
"Hints on taking over command of a Station Hospital for British Troops in India" by Captain A C Elliott page 346 Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps, Volume 21 1913
The March : its mechanism, effects and hygiene by Lieut.-Col Patrick Hehir IMS 1912
4th edition 1856 by Dr H H Goodeve First published 1844. 7th edition 1879 Entirely rewritten by Edward A Birch, Surgeon-Major, Bengal Establishment. Became Birch’s 1st edition. 2nd edition 1886, 3rd edition 1895, 5th edition 1913 Updated by C R M Green and V B Green-Armytage. All 7th edition 1929 by V. B. Green-Armytage and E.H.Vere Hodge, mirror from Digital Library of India; 8th edition 1933 by E. H. Vere Hodge 1933, 9th edition 1933.


  1. Usher, Jan (2009). "The Medical History of British India Online Project" from Positioning the Profession: the Tenth International Congress on Medical Librarianship, Brisbane, Australia, August 31-September 4, 2009.