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Tangiwai A Medical History of 19th Century New Zealand by K L Gluckman, Published by Whitcoulls, 1976, 1st Edition, Hardcover, Pgs 271, index.

Condition: In near new condition. Faint signs of light wear to dust jacket. No markings or inscriptions within, clean and tidy throughout.

This book developed accidentally from the compilation of notes incidental to other researches over many years. It covers the medical history of European medicine in New Zealand, the effects of European culture contact on Maori health and the history of individual diseases in the Maori in this period. The book, written in lay language should help the intending doctor understand many of his future Polynesian patients and their problems. The student of liberal studies and the interested layman will find much of interest in the medical problems confronting settler and Maori in early New Zealand. Makutu —disease of reputed supernatural origin — is surveyed in relation to modern medical practice and reveals the substantial gap between Maori and Pakeha that is still not rarely encountered. The final illness of Governor Hobson casts doubt as to his stability. There is abundant evidence he suffered brain disease and probably committed suicide. What would have been the ultimate effect on Maori health had the three suggestions to establish medical schools in the period been acted on? What was the effect of missionaries refusing to treat sexual disorders? When was "poisonous gas" used against the Maori? What was the effect of the abolition of cannibalism on the Maori health? What was the early Maori attitude to alcohol? Did the European want the Maori to survive? These and many related topics are discussed.
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