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Leprosy and empire : a medical and cultural history

Author: Rod Edmond
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Series: Cambridge social and cultural histories, 8.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An interdisciplinary study of why a disease that is so difficult to catch has caused such alarm. It examines how the fear of leprosy was part of nineteenth-century imperial expansion, as colonial officials and missionaries were thought exposed to the risk of infection, which might be carried back to Britain.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Edmond, Rod.
Leprosy and empire.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2006
(OCoLC)71347568
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Rod Edmond
ISBN: 9780511261398 051126139X 051125959X 9780511259593 0511260261 9780511260261 0511260822 9780511260827 1280749385 9781280749384
OCLC Number: 84847273
Description: 1 online resource (x, 255 pages) : illustrations, map.
Contents: Illustrations; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1 Describing, imagining and defining leprosy, 1770-1867; 2 Scientists discuss the causes of leprosy, and the disease becomes a public issue in Britain and its empire, 1867-1898; 3 The fear of degeneration: leprosy in the tropics and the metropolis at the fin de siècle; 4 Segregation in the high imperial era: island leper colonies on Hawaii, at the Cape, in Australia and New Zealand; 5 Concentrating and isolating racialised others, the diseased and the deviant: the idea of the colony in the later nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Series Title: Cambridge social and cultural histories, 8.
Responsibility: Rod Edmond.

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