ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Preserving Medical Records

The commentary by Shilpi Rajpal (“Experiencing the Indian Archives”, EPW, 21 April 2012) is indeed timely and highlights the appalling condition of the Indian archives that are managed by governments. Though in contemporary history writing use of archival materials has gone far beyond government documents, these still remain crucial to researchers exploring the public records to understand the genealogy of governance of specific kinds. The problems for historians of science, technology and medicine (STM) are more complicated as noted by the author.

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