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Disease and Survival on the Thai-Burma Railway. Lessons For Modern Tropical Medicine?

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Gill, Geoff (2018) 'Disease and Survival on the Thai-Burma Railway. Lessons For Modern Tropical Medicine?'. QJM : An International Journal of Medicine, Vol 111, pp. 845-847.

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Abstract

During the 2nd World War, large numbers of allied military personnel in south-east Asia became prisoners-of-war (POWs) of the Japanese. During their internment of three and a half years, they suffered undernutrition, exposure to tropical diseases and frequently overwork. Perhaps the harshest POW experience was the construction of the railway between Thailand and Burma. This paper explores the medical conditions during Far East imprisonment, and in particular on the Thai-Burma Railway, as well as the long-term health effects in post-war decades.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 300 General. Refugees
WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 360 Veterans health
WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 395 Health in developing countries
WB Practice of Medicine > WB 107 Wilderness medicine
WZ History of Medicine. Medical Miscellany > History, By Period, Locality, etc. > WZ 64 20th century
WZ History of Medicine. Medical Miscellany > History, By Period, Locality, etc. > WZ 80 History (Special groups)
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > Clinical Sciences Department
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1093/qjmed/hcy026
SWORD Depositor: JISC Pubrouter
Depositing User: Stacy Murtagh
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2018 09:41
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 02:02
URI: http://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/8253

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