Transformations and discussion
Suriname and the Netherlands, 1863– 1890
in Leprosy and colonialism
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This chapter examines Dutch debates about leprosy between 1863 and 1890. The debates took place when the threat of a 'return' of leprosy to the Netherlands appeared to materialise. The debate in the Netherlands had few consequences for Suriname. The population of Suriname increased from almost 53,000 on the eve of the emancipation to almost 69,000 in 1898, of which only 833 were Europeans. This increase was caused by the immigration of a new labour force of indentured contract labourers to work the plantations. The migrants decisively changed the socio-economic and cultural land-scape of the colony. The presence of the new migrant groups in Suriname led to changes in healthcare. The social and economic transformations of colonial Suriname had an impact on the field of leprosy control policies. Drognat Landre's thesis on the contagiousness of leprosy was filled with both personal engagement and political relevance.

Leprosy and colonialism

Suriname under Dutch rule, 1750– 1950


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