Year : 2005  |  Volume : 47  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 126--129

Historicizing Indian psychiatry

Amit Ranjan Basu 
 Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

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Our historical endeavour to map Indian psychiatry has largely remained linear, positivistic and evolutionary. Whether it starts from the ancient times or modern, it shows our past as a tale of victory for the western science, without questioning the borrowed paradigm. The use of historical methods for serious enquiry of psychiatry has been ignored. Emergence of a new genre of historicism that is critical of both colonialism and psychiatry as a universal science, has raised hopes to critically review the emergence of psychiatric knowledge.

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Basu AR. Historicizing Indian psychiatry.Indian J Psychiatry 2005;47:126-129

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