Book ID: CBB958326372

The Dark Island: Leprosy in New Zealand and the Quail Island Colony (2019)


Kingsbury, Benjamin (Author)

Bridget Williams

Publication Date: 2019
Physical Details: 241
Language: English

From 1906 to 1925 Quail Island, in Lyttelton Harbour, was the site of New Zealand’s leprosy colony. The colony began by accident, as it were, after the discovery of a leprosy sufferer in Christchurch. As further patients arrived from across the country, it grew into a controversial and troubled institution – an embarrassment to the Health Department, an object of pity to a few, a source of fear to many.This remarkable narrative reveals a little-known aspect of New Zealand’s past, shedding light on the treatment of some of society’s most marginal, unfortunate and isolated people. Written in lucid, compelling prose, The Dark Island heralds the arrival of a significant historical voice.

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Review Violeta Gilabert (2020) Review of "The Dark Island: Leprosy in New Zealand and the Quail Island Colony". Social History of Medicine (pp. 1394-1395). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Bashford, Alison
Nugent, Maria
Wang, Wenji
Edmond, Rod
Kampf, Antje
Anderson, Warwick H.
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal
Medical History
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Dynamis: Acta Hispanica ad Medicinae Scientiarumque Historiam Illustrandam
Journal of Pacific History
Cambridge University Press
Duke University Press
Palgrave Macmillan
University of Toronto Press
University of California Press
University of Hawaiʻi Press
Public health
Disease and diseases
Gushue-Taylor, George
Penna, Belisário
Time Periods
20th century, early
19th century
20th century
21st century
New Zealand
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Rockefeller Foundation

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