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Infectious Personalities: The Public Health Legacy of Three Australian Doctors in Papua New Guinea (2015)


The new imperial histories approach is becoming increasingly popular amongst historians and yet has rarely been applied to Australia's colonialism in Papua New Guinea. This article uses this approach to come to new understandings of the development of Australian public health and medical research in the second half of the twentieth century. It does this by exploring the lives of three Australian doctors who journeyed to Papua New Guinea and returned to Australia to become eminent medical researchers, asking how their experience overseas shaped their later work in Australian public health and research. In doing so, this article ‘colonialises’ both their Papua New Guinea experiences and their contributions to the development of Australian public health.

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Authors & Contributors
Lejeune, Clara
Miller, Michael J.
Hurmic, Lucien
Wright, David
Cordukes, Mary Colleen
Mullally, Sasha
Health and History
Histoire des Sciences Médicales
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Sudhoffs Archiv: Zeitschrift fuer Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Medical History
Journal of the History of Sexuality
Ignatius Press
University of Washington Press
Peter Lang
Boydell Press
Mosaic Press
York University (Canada)
Physicians; doctors
Public health
Health care
Hospitals and clinics
Lejeune, Jérôme
Rauwolf, Leonhart
Theunissen, W. F.
Lovejoy, Esther Pohl
Ellis, Harcourt Whipple
Trotter, Thomas
Time Periods
20th century, late
19th century
20th century
20th century, early
18th century
16th century
Great Britain
Papua New Guinea
National Health Service (Great Britain)
Great Britain. Royal Navy
American Medical Association
Rockefeller Foundation
Harvard School of Public Health

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