EUROPEAN DISEASES, MEDICINES AND PHYSICIANS IN THE PORTUGUESE COLONY OF GOA: A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES
This research paper examines medical education in Portuguese colonial settings and its development, providing insight into how empires are constructed. Goa is the capital of India, and the Goa Medical School becomes the empire's primary source of physicians trained not only for India but also for coloni-zation purposes in other parts of the world. The Medical School and its role in empire-building will be examined through the experiences and representations of Goan doctors, as well as the interaction with Indigenous healers. Travellers' accounts reveal the interaction of disparate bodies of knowledge and med-ical practices during colonization, which necessitates further investigation into colonialism and the colo-nial situation. Imperial hierarchies and conflicts between social groups defined by empire, as well as the interaction of disparate bodies of knowledge and medical practices during colonization, also necessitate further investigation. The accounts of European travellers, many of whom were physicians, provide an in-depth understanding of Goa's political and social history, which has long been fraught with contention and controversy.