Towards a modern colonial state
Reorganizing leprosy care, 1890– 1900
in Leprosy and colonialism
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A symbiotic alliance for leprosy care had formed between the colonial state and the Catholics earlier in the nineteenth century. However, at the end of the nineteenth century, this alliance was renegotiated within the transforming landscape of Surinamese society to incorporate Protestants as well. O. A. Peters, was to investigate the state of the art of leprosy care in Guiana and Trinidad. The British medical officers in Guiana and Trinidad informed Peters that according to general scientific opinion, leprosy was contagious. The Catholic priests even believed that healthy women settled themselves expressly in Batavia to have sexual intercourse with leprosy sufferers, whose lust had supposedly significantly increased as a result of their disease. To settle the dispute between the religious groups, and to reach a new consensus, the Schimmelpenninck Committee advocated a pillarization within a new leprosy asylum.

Leprosy and colonialism

Suriname under Dutch rule, 1750– 1950


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