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In particular, for example, Young's article analyses missionary zeal in this field and the motives that may have lain behind it. Barker notes that the success of Western medicine served to reinforce the superiority and authority of the Europeans and their religion, to hasten the acceptance of new forms of thought and behavior. But overall, he notes, the provision of medical services played a very small role in strategies of evangelization and "civilization". Health measures were introduced for humanitarian reasons and did not form the strategic part of the missionaries' endeavours to alter and improve the moral and religious consciences of converts.
Time to get up. No. The doors remained shut. Everyone had become sick. Now, one week is too long. Just a few days was enough. Fever, high fever. Then they started to die. The adults took perhaps a week. The small children, the ones whose hands you hold and walk around; one- INFECTION, INNOVATION AND RESIDENCE 43 two, and they went. Not everyone died at once. At first a few. They wrapped them in black-palm sheaths and took them to the streams. Some they put in the trees. This kept on, and on. It couldn't stop of its own accord.
A third group of diseases, influenza and influenzal-pneumonia were less spectacular, had much greater variation in mortality, caused symptoms which were not too qualitatively different from those of malaria or existing strains of pneumonia, and occurred repeatedly so that it is difficult to distinguish between one epidemic and another. Two other diseases, tuberculosis and leprosy, were also probably introduced during this period. They are insidious and make their effects felt over a long period of time.
A Continuing Trial of Treatment: Medical Pluralism in Papua New Guinea by Stephen Frankel, Gilbert Lewis