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"Lo! The poor Indian!" colonial responses to the 1862-63 smallpox epidemic in British Columbia and Vancouver Island.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17214129     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The smallpox epidemic that swept through the colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia in 1862-63 was particularly devastating to the First Nations of the region. Colonists responded to the developments with a mixture of pity, revulsion, a smug sense of inevitability, and, above all, an overriding concern for their own self-interest. The colonial population may not have consciously attempted to devastate the First Nations populations, but their frequently negative attitudes towards them ensured that actions to prevent this occurrence were sporadic, poorly planned, counterproductive, or simply minimal.
Kiran Van Rijn
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Canadian bulletin of medical history = Bulletin canadien d'histoire de la médecine     Volume:  23     ISSN:  0823-2105     ISO Abbreviation:  Can Bull Med Hist     Publication Date:  2006  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-01-11     Completed Date:  2007-03-22     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101130981     Medline TA:  Can Bull Med Hist     Country:  Canada    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  541-60     Citation Subset:  QIS    
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MeSH Terms
British Columbia / epidemiology
Colonialism / history*
Disease Outbreaks / history*
History, 19th Century
Indians, North American / history*
Smallpox / ethnology,  history*,  therapy
Vaccination / history

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