Centre for Global Health Histories Lecture
Through their studies, medical practice, and participation in the Association of Indonesian Physicians, physicians native to the Dutch East Indies developed a strong professional identity. The promises of modern medicine were important elements of this professional identity and motivated Indonesian physicians to develop critical perspectives on colonial society, participating in social and cultural movements and political activities. This lecture discusses the political views and nationalist activities of several generations of Indonesian physicians. At various times they advocated public health measures, criticised income disparities between Indonesian and European physicians, criticised traditional culture yet also embraced it as a model for an alternate modernity for Indonesia.
Other lecture in this series include:
- Eugenics as a secular religion
- Trial and evolution: Chemotherapy for tuberculosis in Britain, 1940-1970
- ‘Not everyone can be a Gandhi’: The global Indian medical diaspora in the post-WWII era