The Disease of Despair

John K. Stutterheim

in The Diary of Prisoner 17326

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780823231508
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823250745 | DOI:

Series: World War II: The Global, Human, and Ethical Dimension

The Disease of Despair

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The chapter opens with the author's description of a doctor nicknamed the Toke, or “gecko,” a nickname given to him as a result of his strange voice stemming from cancer of the throat. The author and his brother would visit the doctor multiple times, as this chapter relates, being diagnosed with vitamin deficiencies, beriberi, and scurvy. The author also recounts his alternating duties within the camp, such as pall-bearing or loading funeral carts, with working in the fields.

Keywords: Toke; Gecko; Malaria; Disease

Chapter.  7411 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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