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Author Richens, John, author.

Title Tik merauke : an epidemic like no other / John Richens
Published Carlton, Victoria : Melbourne University Press, 2022


Description 1 online resource (xi, 260 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations, maps
Contents 1. New Guinea: The bird -- 2. Barenda: Life as a Marind man -- 3. The lives of Marind women: Roles and rituals -- 4. Headhunting: Turning the enemy into a friend -- 5. Captain John Strachan and Sir William MacGregor -- 6. The arrival of the Sacred Heart missionaries -- 7. Paul Wirz: Maverick Swiss anthropologist -- 8. Petrus Vertenten: "Saviour of the Kaya-kayas" -- 9. Interlude: How news of impending Marind extinction reached US cinemas -- 10. A stealth pathogen, serpiginous ulcers and the Spanish flu -- 11. The epidemics strike -- 12. Max Thierfelder and the treatment campaign -- 13. After the epidemic: Jan van Baal and Jan Verschueren debate the way forward -- 14. Yul Bole Gebze: A Malind voice -- 15. The threat of extinction returns
Summary When the Dutch government moved to stop headhunting by the Marind people of New Guinea in 1902 their actions unleashed new epidemics among a population already suffering from low fertility. Donovanosis (Tik Merauke in Marind), a rare, newly recognised sexually transmitted infection for which no medicine was available, affected huge numbers. This compelling book investigates the causes of this unique epidemic by exploring the fascinating lives and rituals of the Marind along with those of the missionaries, anthropologists, doctors, administrators, film makers and bird hunters swept up in the events. Tik Merauke shows how the discovery of an effective medicine brought relief, but how the coercive resettlement of the Marind into model villages has left a troubled legacy still felt by the surviving people.-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes John Richens is regarded internationally as a leading expert on the sexually transmitted infection donovanosis
Print version record
Subject Granuloma venereum -- New Guinea -- History -- 20th century
HISTORY / Oceania
Granuloma venereum
New Guinea
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780522878158