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RZ-51759-14Research Programs: Collaborative ResearchColumbia UniversityRelocating Heart Disease in the Tropics: Race, Risk, and Modernization in Post-Independence India10/1/2014 - 12/31/2018$286,712.00Kavita SivaramakrishnanDavidS.JonesColumbia UniversityNew YorkNY10027-7922USA2014South Asian HistoryCollaborative ResearchResearch Programs28671202867120

Research culminating in the writing of a book and several articles examining the history of medical responses to heart disease in India. (36 months)

This project explores how heart disease came to be seen as a problem in India in the decades after its independence in 1947 by situating it within the politics of decolonization and the interactions between international and national experts as they shaped a new, global profession. It explores a unique paradox, of burgeoning interest in heart disease and cardiac technology in the 1940 and 1950s at a time when India's overwhelming epidemiological burden still stemmed from infectious diseases and malnutrition. Our research will reveal: (1) how and why cardiology and cardiac surgery first gained footholds at medical institutions in India; (2) how the two specialties were then taken up as an important component of India's national health agenda; (3) how international networks of medical training and exchange fostered these developments amid the complexity of Cold War politics; and (4) the consequences of this history for patients and physicians who grapple with heart disease in India.