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Research Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences
Year : 2019, Volume : 10, Issue : 4
First page : ( 1006) Last page : ( 1010)
Print ISSN : 0975-6795. Online ISSN : 2321-5828.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2321-5828.2019.00165.7

Medical Missionaries and The Women in Health Care

Thomas Sindhu1,*, Dr. Rao Y. Srinivasa2

1Ph. D Scholar, Dept. of History, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappally

2Assistant Professor, Dept. of History, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappally

*Corresponding Author Email: srchristeenafcc@gmail.com

Online published on 3 February, 2020.


In the beginning of the 19thCentury, Medical Missionaries had played a prominent role in the health care of Kerala. They used various means to extend their service to all the people without any discrimination. In the field of medicine nursing care was not even heard to the people of Kerala and those who are helping the sick people as a service were considered as low status job. Because of the prevailing of the untouchability in Kerala, the high cast people were keeping away from these kinds of works. In this social background the Christian Medical Missionaries brought a new perspectives and a new vision on the health care. This paper provides a descriptive account on the evolution of nursing care and the role of medical missionaries in health care of Kerala. It also provides a vivid picture of the role of Christian Missionaries and the predominance of Kerala women in the nursing field.



Medical Missionaries, Kerala Women, Health Care, Nursing Service.


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