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Prison Health Care

Edited by Vivien M. L. Miller

in Hard Labor and Hard Time

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780813039855
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780813043760 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813039855.003.0009
Prison Health Care

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The withholding of medical care from some prisoners was part of the state's penal disciplinary apparatus, but there were also improvements in prison healthcare provision that benefitted many inmates. This chapter examines medical care of state prisoners at Raiford and in SRD camps in interwar and post-World War II Florida. It evaluates the management of inmates with tuberculosis and the implementation of proactive strategies to deal with sexually-transmitted disease in state prison populations following Chapman's decision to wage war on venereal disease.

Keywords: prison physicians; Dr. Courtland D. Whitaker; Dr. J. H. Colson; prison hospitals; inmate pregnancy and childbirth; cancer treatments; Dr. Homer B. McLendon; mental health care; syphilis; tuberculosis

Chapter.  9295 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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