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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Torako Doi looking through a microscope (ddr-fom-1-853)
img Torako Doi looking through a microscope (ddr-fom-1-853)
WRA caption on reverse: "Hospital series / Laboratory." Torako Doi was the chief laboratory technician at the Minidoka hospital. She was from Seattle, Washington.
May Kumasaka looking through a microscope (ddr-fom-1-854)
img May Kumasaka looking through a microscope (ddr-fom-1-854)
WRA caption on reverse: "Hospital series / Laboratory." May Kumasaka was a laboratory technician at the Minidoka hospital. She was from Seattle, Washington.
Central corridor of the Minidoka hospital (ddr-fom-1-851)
img Central corridor of the Minidoka hospital (ddr-fom-1-851)
WRA caption on reverse: "Hospital series / Central corridor."
Man sitting in the nurse aids and attendants classroom (ddr-fom-1-849)
img Man sitting in the nurse aids and attendants classroom (ddr-fom-1-849)
WRA caption on reverse: "Hospital series / Nurse aid and attendants class room."
Doctor's quarters (ddr-fom-1-852)
img Doctor's quarters (ddr-fom-1-852)
WRA caption on reverse: "Hospital series / A doctor's quarters."
Hospital waiting room (ddr-fom-1-848)
img Hospital waiting room (ddr-fom-1-848)
WRA caption on reverse: "Hospital series / Business office waiting room." The woman behind the counter is Catherine Sawada.
X-ray laboratory at Minidoka hospital (ddr-fom-1-868)
img X-ray laboratory at Minidoka hospital (ddr-fom-1-868)
WRA caption on reverse: "Hospital / View in X-ray laboratory." Mabel Shigaya, the x-ray technician, was from Seattle, Washington.
Mary Shimoda using the operating room sterilizer (ddr-fom-1-858)
img Mary Shimoda using the operating room sterilizer (ddr-fom-1-858)
WRA caption on reverse: "Hospital series / Operating room sterilizer."
Nurse aid and attendants classroom (ddr-fom-1-850)
img Nurse aid and attendants classroom (ddr-fom-1-850)
WRA caption on reverse: "Hospital series / Nurse aid and attendants class room."
Minidoka hospital nursery (ddr-fom-1-857)
img Minidoka hospital nursery (ddr-fom-1-857)
WRA caption on reverse: "Hospital series / Nursery."
Dr. T. Uchida polishing false-teeth (ddr-fom-1-869)
img Dr. T. Uchida polishing false-teeth (ddr-fom-1-869)
WRA caption on reverse: "Polishing false-teeth on a buffer." Dr. T. Uchida, chief dentist in Minidoka, was from Seattle, Washington.
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from June Yoshigai (March 21, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-82)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from June Yoshigai (March 21, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-82)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from June Yoshigai (March 21, 1943). Envelope is postmarked March 22, 1943 from the Gila River Incarceration Camp in Rivers, Arizona.
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Miyeko Imamura (March 2, 1944) (ddr-janm-1-66)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Miyeko Imamura (March 2, 1944) (ddr-janm-1-66)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Miyeko Imamura (March 2, 1944). Envelope is postmarked March 2, 1944 from the Heart Mountain Incarceration Camp in Cody, Wyoming.
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 (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.
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.
Minoru Iyeki's recounting of an incident in camp (ddr-densho-392-55)
doc Minoru Iyeki's recounting of an incident in camp (ddr-densho-392-55)
Minoru Iyeki discusses an incident where her son, Kenneth Iyeki was burned responding to a fire in camp. As a result of this fire he missed his high school graduation ceremony. She also discusses the poor hospital facilities.
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