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Medical care and health issues

Medical and dental facilities were for the most part inadequate, lacking in both equipment and staff. Doctors and nurses were overworked, and treatment was often substandard as well as delayed. Camp inmates recall outbreaks of food poisoning, tuberculosis and dysentery epidemics, and preventable deaths of patients and newborns.

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Medical care and health issues (264)

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Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from June Yoshigai (June 26, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-85)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from June Yoshigai (June 26, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-85)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from June Yoshigai (June 26, 1942). Envelope is postmarked June 29, 1942 from the Santa Anita Assembly Center in Arcadia, California.
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Sadae (Lillian) Nishioka (June 8, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-94)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Sadae (Lillian) Nishioka (June 8, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-94)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Sadae (Lillian) Nishioka (June 8, 1942). Envelope is postmarked June 11, 1942 and addressed from Lillian Nishioka from the Poston (Colorado River) Incarceration Camp in Parker, Arizona.
Letter to Mollie Wilson from Sadae (Lillian) Nishioka (c. 1942) (ddr-janm-1-95)
doc Letter to Mollie Wilson from Sadae (Lillian) Nishioka (c. 1942) (ddr-janm-1-95)
Handwritten letter to Mollie Wilson from Sadae (Lillian) Nishioka (c. 1942) from the Poston (Colorado River) Incarceration Camp in Parker, Arizona.
Letter (with envelope) to Mollie Wilson from Sadae (Lillian) Nishioka (July 7, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-97)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Mollie Wilson from Sadae (Lillian) Nishioka (July 7, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-97)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Sadae (Lillian) Nishioka (July 7, 1942). Envelope is postmarked July 9, 1942 from the Poston (Colorado River) Incarceration Camp in Parker, Arizona.
Japanese American in hospital ward (ddr-densho-151-421)
img Japanese American in hospital ward (ddr-densho-151-421)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Women's ward in the temporary barracks hospital at this War Relocation Authority Center for evacuees of Japanese ancestry. The new hospital with accommodations for 250 beds is almost ready for occupancy.
Women's hospital ward (ddr-densho-151-419)
img Women's hospital ward (ddr-densho-151-419)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Women's ward in the temporary barracks hospital at this War Relocation Authority Center for evacuees of Japanese ancestry. The new hospital with accommodations for 250 beds is almost ready for occupancy.
Japanese Americans waiting for doctor (ddr-densho-151-423)
img Japanese Americans waiting for doctor (ddr-densho-151-423)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Evacuees waiting their turn to be called by the nurse at the medical clinic at this War Relocation center for evacuees of Japanese ancestry.
Japanese American doctor (ddr-densho-151-424)
img Japanese American doctor (ddr-densho-151-424)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Doctor James Goto, Medical Director of Japanese ancestry is in charge of all medical work at this War Relocation Authority center. He has had six years of experience as House Surgeon in the Los Angeles General Hospital, prior to evacuation.
Dental clinic (ddr-densho-151-420)
img Dental clinic (ddr-densho-151-420)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. The dental clinic in its temporary quarters at this War Relocation Authority center cares for an average of 100 evacuees daily.
Japanese American doctor examining patient (ddr-densho-151-422)
img Japanese American doctor examining patient (ddr-densho-151-422)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Doctor Takahashi, Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist, lances sty on very young patient in the medical clinic at this War Relocation Authority center for evacuees of Japanese ancestry.
Japanese American doctor examining patient (ddr-densho-151-417)
img Japanese American doctor examining patient (ddr-densho-151-417)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Making an examination of an evacuee patient are Doctor Takahashi, Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist, and his wife who is his assistant. They are evacuees of Japanese ancestry from Los Angeles now spending the duration at this War Relocation Authority Center.
Pregnant Japanese American visiting doctor (ddr-densho-151-418)
img Pregnant Japanese American visiting doctor (ddr-densho-151-418)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Young expectant mother (center) receives check-up from her doctor (left) in the medical clinic, now housed in a temporary building, at this War Relocation Authority Center for evacuees of Japanese ancestry.
Temporary hospital barracks (ddr-densho-151-70)
img Temporary hospital barracks (ddr-densho-151-70)
Original WRA caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Emergency hospital housed in temporary quarters at this War Relocation Authority center for evacuees of Japanese ancesrty. The modern new hospital is almost ready for occupancy as shown in Photo C-851.
Takeharu Inouye Diary (ddr-densho-365-2)
doc Takeharu Inouye Diary (ddr-densho-365-2)
In the second diary he kept in the camp at Tule Lake, Takeharu Inouye recounts his struggles with education and the boredom resulting from few recreational opportunities. Though he participated in several baseball games with his classmates, Takeharu spent the majority of his free time attending the movie showings that occurred daily or weekly throughout the ...
Takeharu Inouye Diary (ddr-densho-365-1)
doc Takeharu Inouye Diary (ddr-densho-365-1)
Takeharu Inouye's first diary documents his family's forced move to the Sacramento Assembly Center, followed by their move to the Tule Lake concentration camp. Since his mother, Miyoe Inouye, was a teacher, thirteen-year-old Takeharu's diary focuses on his classes in the Japanese and American schools at Tule Lake. His struggles with his schoolwork, as well as ...
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