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'If You Knew the Conditions': A Chronicle of the Indian by David H. Dejong

By David H. Dejong

After their sequestering on reservations around the West, American Indians suffered from appalling premiums of ailment and morbidity. whereas the us Indian carrier (Bureau of Indian Affairs) supplied a few providers ahead of 1908, it was once now not until eventually then that the Indian clinical carrier was once validated for the aim of supplying companies to American Indians. Born in an period of assimilation and myths of vanishing Indians, the Indian clinical provider supplied emergency and healing care with little forethought of preventive medication. DeJong argues that the U.S. Congress supplied little greater than simple, healing remedy, and that this Congressional parsimony is mirrored within the prone (or lack thereof) supplied via the Indian clinical carrier. DeJong considers the mediocre result of the Indian clinical provider from a cultural viewpoint. He argues that, instead of contemplating a social conservation version of drugs, the Indian provider inquisitive about healing medication from a strictly Western viewpoint. This failure to understand the original American Indian cultural norms and values linked to future health and overall healthiness ended in a resistance from American Indians which probably justified parsimonious Congressional appropriations and initiated a cycle of benign forget. 'If You Knew the stipulations' examines the impression of the long-standing Congressional mandate of cultural assimilation, mixed with the Congressional wish to abolish the Indian carrier, at the measure and quantity of illness in Indian Country.

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