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Ted Freeman and the Battle for the Injured Brain: A case history of professional prejudice

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ISBN: 9781922144317 Year: DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_459991 Language: English
Publisher: ANU Press
Subject: Medicine (General)
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This book recounts some experiences of young Australians with catastrophic brain injuries, their families and the medical system which they encountered. Whilst most of the events described occurred two to three decades ago they raise questions relevant to contemporary medical practice. The patients whose stories are told were deemed to be ‘unsuitable for rehabilitation’ and their early placement in nursing homes was recommended. In 2013, it is time to acknowledge that the adage of ‘one size fits all’ has no place in rehabilitation in response to severe brain injury. Domiciliary rehabilitation, when practicable, may be optimal with the alternative of slow stream rehabilitation designed to facilitate re-entry into the community.

Patients’ families were impelled to undertake heroic carers’ commitments as a reaction to nihilistic medical prognoses. It is time for the Australian health care system to acknowledge those commitments, and the budgetary burden which they lift from the system by providing family members with support to retrieve career opportunities, most notably in education and employment, which have been foregone in caring.

Medical attendants repeatedly issued negative prognoses which were often confounded by the patient’s long term progress. Hopefully, those undertaking the acute care of young people with severe brain injury will strive to acquire an open mind and recognise that a prognosis based on a snapshot observation of the patient, without any longer term contact provides a flawed basis for a prognosis. The story of these patients and of Dr Ted Freeman has wider implications.

Healers on the colonial market; Native doctors and midwives in the Dutch East Indies

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Book Series: Verhandelingen van het Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde ISBN: 9789067183826 9789004253575 Year: Volume: 276 Pages: X, 376 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_400271 Language: English
Publisher: Brill Grant: Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek
Subject: Social Sciences
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Healers on the colonial market is one of the few studies on the Dutch East Indies from a postcolonial perspective. It provides an
enthralling addition to research on both the history of the Dutch
East Indies and the history of colonial medicine. This book will be
of interest to historians, historians of science and medicine, and
anthropologists.

How successful were the two medical training programmes
established in Jakarta by the colonial government in 1851? One
was a medical school for Javanese boys, and the other a school
for midwives for Javanese girls, and the graduates were supposed
to replace native healers, the dukun. However, the indigenous
population was not prepared to use the services of these doctors and
midwives. Native doctors did in fact prove useful as vaccinators
and assistant doctors, but the school for midwives was closed in
1875. Even though there were many horror stories of mistakes made
during dukun-assisted deliveries, the school was not reopened, and
instead a handful of girls received practical training from European
physicians. Under the Ethical Policy there was more attention for
the welfare of the indigenous population and the need for doctors
increased. More native boys received medical training and went to
work as general practitioners. Nevertheless, not everybody accepted
these native doctors as the colleagues of European physicians.

Liesbeth Hesselink (1943) received a PhD in the history of medicine
from the University of Amsterdam in 2009. She has had a career in
education and in politics. In addition she has published articles on
prostitution and the medical history of the Dutch East Indies.

Nurse Writers of the Great War

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Book Series: Nursing History and Humanities ISBN: 9781784992521 9781526129352 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Manchester University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100814
Subject: Medicine (General)
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The First World War was the first 'total war'. Its industrial weaponry damaged millions of men and drove whole armies underground into dangerously unhealthy trenches. Many were killed. Many more suffered terrible, life-threatening injuries: wound infections such as gas gangrene and tetanus, exposure to extremes of temperature, emotional trauma and systemic disease. In an effort to alleviate this suffering, tens of thousands of women volunteered to serve as nurses. Of these, some were experienced professionals while others had undergone only minimal training. But regardless of their preparation, they would all gain a unique understanding of the conditions of industrial warfare. Until recently their contributions, both to the saving of lives and to our understanding of warfare, have remained largely hidden from view. By combining biographical research with textual analysis, Nurse writers of the great war opens a window onto their insights into the nature of nursing and the impact of war.

Beyond the state

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Book Series: Studies in Imperialism ISBN: 9780719089671 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Manchester University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101889
Subject: History --- Migration
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The Colonial Medical Service was the personnel section of the Colonial Service, employing the doctors who tended to the health of both the colonial staff and the local populations of the British Empire. Although the Service represented the pinnacle of an elite government agency, its reach in practice stretched far beyond the state, with the members of the African service collaborating, formally and informally, with a range of other non-governmental groups. This collection of essays on the Colonial Medical Service of Africa illustrates the diversity and active collaborations to be found in the untidy reality of government medical provision. The authors present important case studies covering former British colonial dependencies in Africa, including Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zanzibar. They reveal many new insights into the enactments of colonial policy and the ways in which colonial doctors negotiated the day-to-day reality during the height of imperial rule in Africa.

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