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Carleton's kids: the Papua New Guinea children of D. Carleton Gajdusek

Spark, Ceridwen


Over his lifetime, the medical researcher and Nobel Prize winner Carleton Gajdusek 'adopted' 38 children from Papua New Guinea and Micronesia who came to live at his home in the US and were schooled at Gajdusek's expense. Drawing on interviews with ten of the now adult 'adoptees' living in PNG, other informants, and published and unpublished documentary sources, this paper reflects on the children's experience of family life in Gajdusek's home and their subsequent return to PNG. The discussion...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Pacific History
DOI: 10.1080/00223340902900746


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