Vida de leprosa: the testimony of a woman living with Hansen's disease in the Peruvian Amazon, 1947.

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This is the narrative of a patient made before, during and after being incarcerated in an agricultural colony in the Peruvian Amazon. In a vivid style, it narrates the decay of the body, the stigma and the compulsive segregation, as well as the hope for a better life. It is the perspective of a patient, something that is difficult to find when researching the history of health. The original publication was possible thanks to the German physician Maxime H. Kuczynski-Godard and thanks to the Institute of Social Medicine of the University of San Marcos that was directed by the professor of hygiene Carlos Enrique Paz-Soldán. We have used this publication for this transcription. Kuczynski-Godard was a German medical doctor that arrived in Peru in the mid 1930s and organized valuable activities in the Peruvian jungle as a part of an effort, which eventually failed, of the Peruvian State to colonize, or really to "civilize" the Amazon.




Cueto, M., & de la Puente, J. C. (2003). Vida de leprosa: the testimony of a woman living with Hansen’s disease in the Peruvian Amazon, 1947. História, Ciências, Saúde--Manguinhos, 10(Suppl 1), 337–360.

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