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The Diary of Prisoner 17326A Boy's Life in a Japanese Labor Camp$
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John K. Stutterheim

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823231508

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823231508.001.0001

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The Disease of Despair

The Disease of Despair

(p.124) chapter fifteen The Disease of Despair
The Diary of Prisoner 17326

John K. Stutterheim

Fordham University Press

The chapter opens with the author's description of a doctor nicknamed the Toke, or “gecko,” a nickname given to him as a result of his strange voice stemming from cancer of the throat. The author and his brother would visit the doctor multiple times, as this chapter relates, being diagnosed with vitamin deficiencies, beriberi, and scurvy. The author also recounts his alternating duties within the camp, such as pall-bearing or loading funeral carts, with working in the fields.

Keywords:   Toke, Gecko, Malaria, Disease

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