Developing modern leprosy politics, 1900–1950
in Leprosy and colonialism
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A slow reframing of leprosy policies in Suriname took place, leading to the new leprosy edict of 1929 that replaced the edict of 1830. The architects and executors of public health and leprosy politics in Suriname were not necessarily conscious 'modernists'. Leprosy remained primarily a disease connected to race and labour, and especially connected to Afro-Surinamese descendants of the slaves and British Indian indentured migrants. In 1916, the Minister of Colonies told the Dutch Parliament that the Colonial Estates were still working on improved regulations for leprosy sufferers. Notwithstanding the reassuring words of the Minister of Colonies and the leprosy survey committee, the fear of leprosy among colonial officials did not subside, and the search for leprosy sufferers continued after 1909. Dutch colonial medicine had dammed the growing danger of leprosy by using the modern policies of detection and treatment.

Leprosy and colonialism

Suriname under Dutch rule, 1750– 1950



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