I went to a talk about Hansen’s disease, public health, and the medical gaze today by Adria Imada and I think researching, thinking, and writing about topics like this is v v important. History of medicine v. important. Because like, there is just soo much in just Prof Imada’s work, like, it touches on:

  • how the Other is viewed
  • - degenerative nature
  • how the Other is photographed and scrutinized
  • religion
  • empire

LOOK HOW ALL THESE THINGS ARE SO BIG THEMSELVES.

I just ugh.

No but okay so the reason why I think her research and stuff like it is important is because I think it is important to keep making visible the intersections between nation, disease, the Other. And how this is all very important to medicine, because not just in this case but in so many others (as you probably know!!), populations are used as experimental subjects. tbh I’m disturbed that it probably isn’t a norm to learn about things like this in med school.

also you know, it’s also important bc i think it would be really sad and terrible to forget that these things happened, that things like this keep happening. the work is important bc it’s a way of keeping it alive (critique on accessibility to research missing from this post bc so many people have already written about it)

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