This week I have been preparing a talk to give to the Open University in Scotland. I will be presenting how the content of the Medical History of British India website may help students.
The undergraduate courses it particularly relates to are:
A218 Medicine and Society in Europe 1500-1930 (asylums, public health, colonial and imperial medicine, hospital and laboratory medicine, surgery);
AA100 Arts Past and Present (transmission of medical knowledge);
SK320 Infectious Disease and Public Health (historical background on disease control and identification);
SK185 Drugs, Molecules and Medicines.
As a current student with the Open University (S171, Empire of the Micobes) and having passed A218 last year I appreciate that having the time to do extra reading and research is difficult.
Yet the Medical History of British India website offers full text searching and can provide a handy selection of primary sources at the click of a button. I used it to find out more on antisepsis in hospitals at the end of the nineteenth century and printed out a few pages. You can also save pages as pdfs, download the transcripts or paste text into your own notes.
Of course, I feel that the site has plenty to offer all students and academics in the form of freely available colonial primary sources.