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Man with elephantiasis of the arm, 1 January 1897

Reference Number: PA1-o-545-19

Man with elephantiasis of the arm. Photograph taken in Samoa, on the 1st of January 1897, by Thomas Andrew.

Key terms:
1 image, related to Thomas Andrew, Men, Samoan and Elephantiasis.

Part of:
Cusack Smith album 4, Reference Number PA1-o-545 (12 digitised items)
Cusack-Smith, Thomas Berry (Sir), 1859-1929 :Photographs of Samoa, Reference Number PAColl-1499 (38 digitised items)

Extent: 1 b&w original photographic print(s)Albumen print 19.8 x 14.5 cm. Vertical imageSingle photograph

Historical Notes: "Until the 1930s, hundreds of Samoans were crippled with elephantiasis - a swelling of the skin and subcutaneous tissue due to chronic lymphatic obstruction by filarial worms. Nearly everyone was afflicted by yaws, and many suffered ulcerations to the bone as a result. Leprosy and tuberculosis were also common. During the 1930s, the New Zealand administration established new health policies which were implemented by village women's committees and significantly improved health conditions." (Caption from National Library exhibition `Va'aomanu' - celebrating the history and culture of Samoa, 1 March - 28 June 1998.)

Conditions governing access to original: Not restricted

Inscriptions: Inscribed - On album page - beneath image: Elephantiasis in the arm

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