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By Michelle T. Moran

ISBN-10: 0807858390

ISBN-13: 9780807858394

By means of evaluating associations in Hawai'i and Louisiana designed to incarcerate people with a hugely stigmatized affliction, Colonizing Leprosy presents an cutting edge research of the advanced dating among U.S. imperialism and public well-being coverage within the overdue 19th and early 20th centuries. concentrating on the Kalaupapa payment in Moloka'i and the U.S. nationwide Leprosarium in Carville, Michelle Moran indicates not just how public well-being coverage emerged as a device of empire in America's colonies, but in addition how imperial ideologies and racial attitudes formed practices at home.

Although clinical body of workers at either websites thought of leprosy a colonial affliction requiring strict isolation, Moran demonstrates that they tailored rules constructed at one website to be used on the different via altering principles to comply to principles of ways "natives" and "Americans" will be handled. via studying directors' judgements, physicians' remedies, and sufferers' protests, Moran examines the jobs that gender, race, ethnicity, and sexuality performed in shaping either public opinion and future health coverage. Colonizing Leprosy makes an incredible contribution to an figuring out of ways imperial imperatives, public well-being practices, and sufferer activism educated debates over the structure and wellbeing and fitness of yankee our bodies.

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Federal discussions of leprosy also spurred debate over Hawai‘i as an ideal site for medical research, drawing further distinctions between the primary purposes of colonial and mainland institutions. S. physicians and medical researchers could study, analyze, and test Hawaiian patients to acquire knowledge for the benefit of Americans at home. The fact that the mhs targeted the Moloka‘i leprosy settlement as a site for scientific investigation in 1904 underlines medicine’s participation in the colonization of the Hawaiian Islands.

That many leprosy patients received [ 2 6 ] p r o t e c t i n g t h e n at i o n a l b o d y indi√erent care or worse troubled these o≈cials, who urged strongly that any federal institutions should be designed more as homes than as sites of incarceration. ∂∞ They reasoned that if patients did not feel they were being restrained (even though they were), they would come forward and present themselves for treatment. In this way, public health o≈cials could remove them from the community. ’’∂≤ The more segregated the leprosy patient, the commission reasoned, the better for the public.

Territories. S. S. medical o≈cials sought to keep many of its inhabitants— particularly the sick—rigidly segregated from those on the mainland. ∑π Despite legislators’ insistence on treating Hawaiian leprosy independently from the disease on the mainland, much of what health o≈cials recommended for a national leprosy policy emerged from a Hawaiian context. While legislators and physicians worked to prevent importation of ‘‘diseased’’ territorial residents into the mainland, they viewed Hawai‘i as providing a positive model for understanding and managing leprosy.

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