Book ID: CBB037739409

Global Medicine in China: A Diasporic History (2020)


Soon, Wayne (Author)

Stanford University Press

Publication Date: 2020
Physical Details: 328
Language: English

In 1938, one year into the Second Sino-Japanese War, the Chinese military found itself in dire medical straits. Soldiers were suffering from deadly illnesses, and were unable to receive blood transfusions for their wounds. The urgent need for medical assistance prompted an unprecedented flowering of scientific knowledge in China and Taiwan throughout the twentieth century. Wayne Soon draws on archives from three continents to argue that Overseas Chinese were key to this development, utilizing their global connections and diasporic links to procure much-needed money, supplies, and medical expertise. The remarkable expansion of care and education that they spurred saved more than four million lives and trained more than fifteen thousand medical personnel. Moreover, the introduction of military medicine shifted biomedicine out of elite, urban civilian institutions and laboratories and transformed it into an adaptive field-based practice for all. Universal care, practical medical education, and mobile medicine are all lasting legacies of this effort.

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Review David Luesink (October 2021) Review of "Global Medicine in China: A Diasporic History". Technology and Culture (pp. 1229-1230). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Burns, Susan
Zhao, Dingxin
Glaeser, Andreas
Hong, Sungook
Greene, J. Megan
Elman, Benjamin A.
East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal
Social History of Medicine
Medizin, Gesellschaft, und Geschichte
Journal of Early Modern History
History of Psychiatry
Cold War History
Harvard University Press
Lexington Books
University of Tokyo Center for Philosophy
Hong Kong University Press
Yuan liu chu ban shi ye gu fen you xian gong si
University of California, Irvine
Medicine and society
Cross-cultural interaction; cultural influence
East Asia, civilization and culture
Public health
Medicine and politics
Mao, Zedong
John F. Kennedy
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
20th century, late
20th century, early
21st century
18th century
United States

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