London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is maintained and directly benefited from the exploitation and enslavement of the British Empire of colonized countriesaccording to report on this is history.
Training sets out how school founded in 1899 for decades have received the most of its funding from the British colonies, especially those in Africa and colonial companies, but its medical research only whites win people.
AT original mission of school should have reduce UK taxpayer spending of replacement of colonial officers who contracted, sometimes fatally, diseases such as malaria instead of improving their health of colonized the indigenous population, the report explains.
At the same time, the school, which was created and initially run in Close cooperation with in government, the colonial office strengthened British imperialism, says report author Dr. Lioba Hirsch. of Center LSHTM for Story in Healthcare.
In her study, commissioned by LSHTM, in detail how in development of “tropical medicine” at school was shaped by white supremacy and racist pseudoscience such as eugenics, with senior employees publicly declare black and brown colonies people were physically and mentally handicapped.
How main training center for white doctors who walked on to work in British colonies, the report notes. how the school helped spread such racist ideas.
it also found that the school turned a career of several medics of color who studied there in this is first several decades.
While many white students went on become an employee of LSHTM, no students of colors were recruited until the late 1940s and 50s.
For white students in school also became a path to service in West African medical personnel who since 1902 have openly kept doctors out of non-European origin.
Students of color was also segregated in their clinical training. Records show what senior white employees expressed concern that they were treating white patients in 1920s.
The report notes that Joseph Chamberlain, secretary of state for colonies, encouraged colonial medical workers to send pathological specimens, materials and parasites to school for training and research goals, often without patient agreement.
In addition, two London hospitals provided “native patients” from India, China, Japan and Goa for educational purposes after an official request from the school in 1940
Hirsch also studied the harmful legacy of school founder Patrick Manson, who 22 years before its creation, deliberately infected a Chinese man named Hin-Lo, with malaria. Few details of Hin-Lo life can be found in LSHTM archive, with various sources describe him as Manson’s servant, gardener, or patient.
“The school, to my knowledge, has done nothing to recognize him, or any of another research items who were involved in schools building of your own reputation and fame and accumulation of funds,” Hirsch said.
Researcher said she hopes school recognizes harmful legacy of this is racism history for current staff and students of color as they say in independent review last year that found evidence of structural racism in the institution.
“I would like recognition that the racist structures that contributed to building the school and what made it the intellectual center it is today is still in work”, she said, “and that the inequalities they generate also still in work even if they are much less noticeable.”
Professor Liam Smith, director of LSHTM, said: “This report shows in reality of colonial past and I apologize to all those who had a negative impact.”
Professor Ann Mills, Deputy. director and vice-rector of LSHTM, added: “We strive for LSHTM to be place of anti-racist education, employment, research and partnerships.