'The Origins and Prevalence of and Campaigns to Eradicate Venereal Diseases in British Colonial Cyprus, 1916-1939'

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Abstract

This article aims to contribute to the growing literature on the treatment of venereal disease in the British Empire. In 1926 the British Social Hygiene Council reported for the Cypriot government on the prevalence of venereal diseases and many of its recommendations were adopted since Cyprus, the report claimed, had a significant problem with venereal diseases. The report discussed the prevalence of venereal diseases and did not explore the origins of the problem. This article has two aims. The first is to trace the origins of the perceived prevalence of venereal diseases in the 1920 s to the wartime formation of the Cypriot Mule Corps, and the wartime actions to resolve venereal diseases amongst muleteers. This action solved the problem from a military perspective, but spread the problem throughout the island, hence the prevalence underscored in the report. The second aim is to compare how the second campaign, in the aftermath of the recommendations of the British Social Hygiene Council, differed to the first and how effective these measures were. The article argues that the two approaches were very different, yet both were grounded in a social conservatism, especially the wartime campaign.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-200
Number of pages28
JournalSocial History of Medicine
Volume33
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2020

Keywords

  • venereal diseases
  • British Social Hygiene Council
  • British Colonial Cyprus
  • , the Great War and diseases
  • inter-war years and diseases
  • Cypriot Mule Corps
  • Inter-war years and diseases
  • The Great War and diseases
  • Venereal diseases

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