Reading doctors’ writing : race, politics, and power in by David Thomas

By David Thomas

This can be a booklet for everybody who reads or writes future health learn approximately Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. scientific learn has been inspired by means of the politics of colonialism, and via the politics of race, racism and anti-racism.

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Reading doctors’ writing : race, politics, and power in indigenous health research, 1870-1969

This can be a booklet for everybody who reads or writes health and wellbeing examine approximately Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. clinical learn has been inspired via the politics of colonialism, and through the politics of race, racism and anti-racism.

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In another photograph, we can see a woman we are told is called ‘Polly’ lying on a bed. The photo was taken from the end of the bed looking straight at her exposed mutilated perineum; because of the low camera angle we can only see her perineum and legs and a 22 A primitive and dying race tangle of either sheets or clothes. A white man is shown standing beside her and is with some effort opening her legs in order to expose her genitals to the camera. All we see of him are his hands pushing against her thighs, his dark suit, his white cuffs and his white handkerchief in his breast pocket.

In another photograph, we can see a woman we are told is called ‘Polly’ lying on a bed. The photo was taken from the end of the bed looking straight at her exposed mutilated perineum; because of the low camera angle we can only see her perineum and legs and a 22 A primitive and dying race tangle of either sheets or clothes. A white man is shown standing beside her and is with some effort opening her legs in order to expose her genitals to the camera. All we see of him are his hands pushing against her thighs, his dark suit, his white cuffs and his white handkerchief in his breast pocket.

40 These non-Indigenous authors were writing to an audience they supposed included no Indigenous people. The authors assumed the superiority of their own non-Indigenous explanations of disease causation. Seemingly odd non-Indigenous lay and scientific explanations were more frequently discussed and tested (even if they were only quickly refuted) than Indigenous explanations. 41 The stated purpose of Ross’s 1870 article (to identify new and possibly useful treatments for all people) was not typical of the rest of these descriptions of Aboriginal medicine.

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