No More Unclean! - E. T. LawsonLondon: Peter Davies, 1957, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a little fraying to the spine ends. Pages gently tanned with scattered spotting throughout.
From the cover: “when Peter Larsen, a young South African, is stricken with leprosy, his natural terror of the disease, fomented by popular prejudices and communal hostility, reduces him to a state of mutinous desperation. Fortunately his place of segregation is Westfort (a Government Institution near Pretoria) where there exists, quite uniquely, a branch of Toc-H devoted to this disease, and comprising both patients and visiting friends from outside. During his five-year stay, improved medical treatments become available and the physical, mental and moral reactions of the patients, first to the revival of dead hopes, and then to the increasing proportion of recovery cases, are described with objective candour, gentle humour and passionate humanity. Inevitably, parts of the narrative must be harrowing, but it steadfastly avoids sensationalism and sentimentality. The tranquillising influence of Toc-H, whose visiting members are a joyfully uninhibited band, receives due acknowledgment and Peter’s induction into its ranks and experiences of its work lead him, when at last certified as free from taint, to prepare for entry into the Christian ministry.
Other cases have not all such happy endings. The single “rebel”, a young man who becomes impatient at what he considers unnecessary delay in his final “clearance”, absconds from Westfort… only to return four years later with the disease again active and by then in a fatal form. With that exception, they all furnish amazing examples of the triumph of the human spirit against overwhelming odds, and introduce a varied assortment of truly remarkable characters of both sexes and of all ages and types, including native Africans. The book is thoughtful, moving, and above all, hopeful. Skilfully written in a style which suits its material, it diffuses a wholesome atmosphere which brings a welcome relief from the rancour of racial controversies. The facts, apart from changing of names, are authentic and they are published in story form with the permission of the Secretary for Health of the Union of South Africa.”