Colonial Pathologies American Tropical Medicine, Race, and Hygiene in the Philippines

ISBN-10: 0822338432
ISBN-13: 9780822338437
Edition: 2006
Authors: Warwick Anderson
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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 8/21/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

"Colonial Pathologies" is a groundbreaking history of the role of science and medicine in the American colonization of the Philippines from 1898 through the 1930s. Warwick Anderson describes how American colonizers sought to maintain their own health and stamina in a foreign environment while exerting control over and "civilizing" a population of seven million people spread out over seven thousand islands. In the process, he traces a significant transformation in the thinking of colonial doctors and scientists about what was most threatening to the health of white colonists. During the late nineteenth century, they understood the tropical environment as the greatest danger, and they sought to help their fellow colonizers to acclimate. Later, as their attention shifted to the role of microbial pathogens, colonial scientists came to view the Filipino people as a contaminated race, and they launched public health initiatives to reform Filipinos' personal hygiene practices and social conduct. A vivid sense of a colonial culture characterized by an anxious and assertive white masculinity emerges from Anderson's description of American efforts to treat and discipline allegedly errant Filipinos. His narrative encompasses a colonial obsession with native excrement, a leper colony intended to transform those considered most unclean and least socialized, and the hookworm and malaria programs implemented by the Rockefeller Foundation in the 1920s and 1930s. Throughout, Anderson is attentive to the circulation of intertwined ideas about race, science, and medicine. He points to colonial public health in the Philippines as a key influence on the subsequent development of military medicine andindustrial hygiene, U.S. urban health services, and racialized development regimes in other parts of the world.

For twenty years Warwick Anderson, medical doctor and historian of science, has been studying kuru, those who were infected by the disease, and the scientists who identified and investigated it. He is the author of Colonial Pathologies: American Tropical Medicine and Racial Hygiene in the Philippines and The Cultivation of Whiteness: Science, Health, and Racial Destiny in Australia.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
American Military Faces West
The Military Basis of Colonial Public Health
"Only Man is Vile"
Excremental Colonialism
The White Man's Psychic Burden
Disease and Citizenship
Late-Colonial Public Heath and Filipino "Mimicry"
Malaria Between Race and Ecology
Conclusion
Abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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