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.

Medical care and health issues (265)

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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.
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 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.
Hideo Hoshide Interview I Segment 51 (ddr-densho-1000-184-51)
vh Hideo Hoshide Interview I Segment 51 (ddr-densho-1000-184-51)
Wife has to make a difficult health decision while in concentration camp
Kay Matsuoka Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-48-22)
vh Kay Matsuoka Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-48-22)
Husband's tuberculosis in camp: quarantined in an abandoned post office
Kay Matsuoka Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-48-23)
vh Kay Matsuoka Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-48-23)
Husband contracts tuberculosis, ostracized by rest of camp
Correspondence regarding advertising in the Manzanar Free Press (ddr-densho-319-412)
doc Correspondence regarding advertising in the Manzanar Free Press (ddr-densho-319-412)
Letter acknowledging T.K. Pharmacy's difficulty in receiving Japanese medicine and their inability to advertise in the Manzanar Free Press.
Letter sent to T.K. Pharmacy from Topaz concentration camp (ddr-densho-319-27)
doc Letter sent to T.K. Pharmacy from Topaz concentration camp (ddr-densho-319-27)
Basic translation: Request for mogusa [mugwort].Sent inquiry for mugwort but have not heard back from you. My sick friend is waiting, and I would like to know if you have any in stock. Please let me know.
Memo from Jack C. Sleath, M. D., Chief Medical Officer, War Relocation Authority, to Willard E. Schmidt, Chief, Internal Security, May 5, 1944 (ddr-csujad-2-101)
doc Memo from Jack C. Sleath, M. D., Chief Medical Officer, War Relocation Authority, to Willard E. Schmidt, Chief, Internal Security, May 5, 1944 (ddr-csujad-2-101)
Memo regarding Ward X. Discusses need for determining who is responsible for people in custody in the ward, used for "drunkenness, mental illness and violations of the law on various offenses;" of particular concern is responsibility for people who are believed to be mentally ill. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization ...
Six-year-old Reiko Mastuda, convalescing from serious illness at Jerome incarceration camp (ddr-csujad-14-16)
img Six-year-old Reiko Mastuda, convalescing from serious illness at Jerome incarceration camp (ddr-csujad-14-16)
Six-year-old Reiko Matsuda, convalescing from serious illness at Jerome incarceration camp, is looked after by nurse's aid Chiyo Okata. March 11, 1943. Photo by Tom Parker. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: HMLSC_TOMO_016
Former Californian Dr. Fugikawa examining a patient (ddr-csujad-14-14)
img Former Californian Dr. Fugikawa examining a patient (ddr-csujad-14-14)
Former Californian Dr. Fugikawa examining a patient, S. Ego, with Jerome incarceration camp hospital's fluoroscope. March 11, 1943. Photo by Tom Parker. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: HMLSC_TOMO_014
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.
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.
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