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Public Health in Papua New Guinea

Public Health in Papua New Guinea
Medical Possibility and Social Constraint, 1884–1984

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Part of Cambridge Studies in the History of Medicine

  • Date Published: June 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521523028

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  • This book concerns the development of institutional medicine, medical practice and health care during the initial colonisation and later colonial rule of Papua New Guinea. It discusses the relationship between public health and the medical profession and colonial bureaucracy, and also analyses the profession's social and technical ideas which determined the kinds of health policies and programmes attempted. The first part describes the era of tropical medicine which predominated at the turn of the century and survived until the 1950s. The second part investigates the transformation of tropical medicine by the introduction of new drugs and the curative campaigns of the 1950s and 1960s, and thereafter discusses the emergence of a new medical strategy known as 'primary health care'. This original, comparative study will be of value not only to anthropologists and historians of tropical medicine but also to historians of colonialism and its effects on public health care.

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    • Date Published: June 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521523028
    • length: 168 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.26kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    maps of Papua New Guinea
    Introduction
    Part I. The Rise and Fall of Tropical Medicine:
    1. Pre-colonial health and disease
    2. The administration of public health
    3. Early colonial medical administration
    4. The political economy of health in Papua between the wars
    5. The political economy of health in New Guinea between the wars
    6. Medical education
    7. The Pacific War: the condition of the people
    Part II. The Rise and Fall of the Great Campaigns:
    8. Miracle drugs, new perceptions and the post-war Public Health Department
    9. The health campaigns
    10. Women and children last
    11. Health education
    12. A national health system
    13. Primary health care
    14. The past and the future
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Donald Denoon

    With

    Kathleen Dugan

    Leslie Marshall

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