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Title : Expunging Variola: The Control and Eradication of Smallpox in India 1947-1977
Author : Sanjoy Bhattacharya
Edition : Hardbound
ISBN : 9788125030188
Pages : 326p.
Year of Pub : 2005
Price : Rs 795.00
   
 
 
As a crucial component of the global smallpox eradication programme, which has been widely hailed as one of the greatest public health successes in the twentieth century, the Indian experience has some important stories to tell. Expunging Variola reveals these as it chronicles the last three decades of the antismallpox campaigns in India. This wide-ranging study, based on extensive archival research in India, Britain, Switzerland and the United States of America, assesses the many complexities in the formulation and implementation of the smallpox eradication programme in the subconinent. Rather than merely cataloguing the developments of this extremely complex exercise within the World Health organisation headquarters in Geneva and the Indian central government in New Delhi, this book aopts a much broader perspective: it makes a conscious effort to provide a detailed view by including the accounts of WHO, governmental and nongovernmental personnel on the ground. In this manner, nuanced descriptions of important - and often controversial - situations are provided. Thus apart from acknowledging the influence of national, state- and district-level political, economic and social structures in continually reshaping the contours of the smallpox campaigns, this work also emphasises the crucial role played by field workers in implementing and often reinterpreting health strategies proposed by Geneva and New Delhi.

 

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