Colonizing Leprosy: Imperialism and the Politics of Public by Michelle T. Moran

By Michelle T. Moran

By means of evaluating associations in Hawai'i and Louisiana designed to incarcerate people with a hugely stigmatized ailment, Colonizing Leprosy presents an leading edge learn of the complicated dating among U.S. imperialism and public well-being coverage within the past due 19th and early 20th centuries. targeting the Kalaupapa cost in Moloka'i and the U.S. nationwide Leprosarium in Carville, Michelle Moran exhibits not just how public healthiness coverage emerged as a device of empire in America's colonies, but additionally how imperial ideologies and racial attitudes formed practices at home.

Although scientific group of workers at either websites thought of leprosy a colonial sickness requiring strict isolation, Moran demonstrates that they tailored laws built at one website to be used on the different via altering ideas to comply to principles of ways "natives" and "Americans" might be handled. by means of examining directors' judgements, physicians' remedies, and sufferers' protests, Moran examines the jobs that gender, race, ethnicity, and sexuality performed in shaping either public opinion and well-being coverage. Colonizing Leprosy makes a huge contribution to an knowing of ways imperial imperatives, public healthiness practices, and sufferer activism expert debates over the structure and well-being of yankee our bodies.

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S. public health o≈cials used the commission report to suggest that they would save the colonized from themselves. Tapping into the intolerance of leprosy that mainland Americans possessed, the commission included in its report photographs of those in advanced stages of leprosy in order to persuade Congress to develop a policy of segregation. The images came from Dr. A. W. Hitt’s personal collection of sixteen lantern slides he gathered during his travels to India in 1894. The images did not resemble late-nineteenth-century clinical photographs as much as mid-nineteenth-century medical representations that focused on unusual deformities, suggesting that the physician framed the images more for their shock value than for medical interest.

This reconception of leprosy as a tropical disease led to a bifurcated system of classifying both leprosy and the people who had it. Doctors recognized that some people who had contracted the disease came from northern climes and recommended they be treated di√erently from other people with leprosy. In the mhs report to the Senate, a few doctors pointed out that a significant number of those who contracted the disease outside the United States came from the Scandinavian countries of Norway and Sweden.

Debate in Congress emphasized this colonialist element. S. S. leprosarium within the continental United States did not fare as well, suggesting that members of Congress still had di≈culty conceptualizing leprosy as an ‘‘American’’ problem. ∏∂ He referred to Dr. ’’ Wyman’s proposed measures further depicted those with leprosy as o√ensive by emphasizing that the bill provided pay and a half for all health o≈cials employed at the leprosarium as fair compensation for jobs that medical o≈cials portrayed as hazardous.

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