Acknowledgments
As
my interest in the entwined histories of American tropical medicine
and racial thought has endured now for most of my career, the intel-
lectual debts that have accumulated are countless. Only the most pressing can
be acknowledged here. Charles Rosenberg and Rosemary Stevens guided my
first studies of colonial public health at the University of Pennsylvania. At
Harvard, Allan Brandt, Arthur Kleinman, Evelynn Hammonds, and Mary
Steedly helped me to reshape and develop many of my arguments. Colleagues
in the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine at ucsf,
and in the History Department at Berkeley—in particular, Adele Clarke,
James Vernon, Philippe Bourgois, Vincanne Adams, Tom Laqueur, Sharon
Kaufman, and Dorothy Porter—encouraged me to return to the book manu-
script and provided inspiration and support. At Madison, I benefited greatly
from the advice of colleagues in the Department of Medical History and
Bioethics and at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies. Conversations with
Judy Leavitt, Rick Keller, Mike Cullinane, Al McCoy, Courtney Johnson,
Victor Bascara, and Maria Lepowsky proved especially valuable. Jean von
Allmen, with characteristic efficiency, ensured I had time for writing.
Bob Joy, Dan Doeppers, and Barbara Rosenkrantz read earlier versions of
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