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Leprosy and Empire : a Medical and Cultural History

Author: Rod Edmond
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Series: Cambridge social and cultural histories, no. 8.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An innovative, interdisciplinary study of why leprosy, a disease with a very low level of infection, has repeatedly provoked revulsion and fear. Rod Edmond explores, in particular, how these reactions were refashioned in the modern colonial period. Beginning as a medical history, the book broadens into an examination of how Britain and its colonies responded to the believed spread of leprosy. Across the empire this  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Rod Edmond
ISBN: 9780511497285 0511497288 9780521865845 0521865840
OCLC Number: 776974080
Notes: Title from publishers bibliographic system (viewed on 22 Dec 2011).
Description: 1 online resource (268 pages).
Contents: Describing, imagining and defining leprosy, 1770-1867 --
Scientists discuss the causes of leprosy, and the disease becomes a public issue in Britain and its empire, 1867-1898 --
The fear of degeneration : leprosy in the tropics and the metropolis at the fin de siècle --
Segregation in the high imperial era : island leper colonies on Hawaii, at the Cape, in Australia and New Zealand --
Concentrating and isolating racialised others, the diseased and the deviant : the idea of the colony in the later nineteenth and early twentieth centuries --
Writers visiting leper colonies : Charles Warren Stoddard, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jack London, Graham Greene and Paul Theroux.
Series Title: Cambridge social and cultural histories, no. 8.
Responsibility: Rod Edmond.

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'... thoughtful study ... Leprosy and Empire is ... able to offer some subtle but penetrating insights into the place of disease in imperial culture.' Mark Harrison, Historical Studies in the Natural Read more...

 
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