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Juanita De Barros

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469616056

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469616056.001.0001

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International Public Health and Caribbean Child-Saving

International Public Health and Caribbean Child-Saving

(p.126) chapter five International Public Health and Caribbean Child-Saving
Reproducing the British Caribbean

Juanita De Barros

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the influence of the ideas and institutions of tropical medicine on perceptions of Caribbean populations, at a time when migration and tropical diseases were considered obstacles to population growth. Imperial and colonial officials, together with members of the multiethnic West Indian middle and professional classes, believed that the main solutions to shrinking and weakened populations were to increase immigration and eradicate diseases. Concerns about venereal diseases, infant mortality, and the moral calculations about the value of children's lives led to a variety of public health initiatives. However, many Caribbean men and women saw child-saving as an economic and a moral imperative that had major implications for their reputation as civilized people.

Keywords:   tropical medicine, tropical diseases, immigration, venereal diseases, infant mortality, public health, Caribbean, child-saving

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