Book ID: CBB886275024

A Documentary History of Public Health in Hong Kong (2019)


Yip, Ka-che (Editor)
Man-Kong, Wong (Editor)
Leung, Yuen-Sang (Editor)

Hong Kong University Press

Publication Date: 2019
Physical Details: 464
Language: English

The publication of this book marks the fifteenth anniversary of the outbreak of the SARS epidemic in Hong Kong in 2003. This documentary study, originating as a research project a year after the epidemic, is a comprehensive attempt to examine the development of public health in Hong Kong from 1841 to the early 1990s. It covers the periods of prewar colonial rule, Japanese occupation, postwar reconstruction and growth, and the beginning of decolonization. It analyzes political, social, economic, and cultural factors, including the intersection of colonial priorities and indigenous agency and practices that affected disease outbreaks and development, government and local responses, advances in technology related to health and medicine, as well as the emergence of health agencies and institutions. The historical documents, selected from government archives, personal papers, and special collections, are invaluable source materials for the critical evaluation of such developments. The book provides a much needed and indispensable historical perspective to understanding Hong Kong’s struggle to combat prevalent and emerging diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, avian influenza, and SARS.

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Authors & Contributors
Gaudillière, Jean-Paul
Löwy, Illana
Keck, Frédéric
Mendelsohn, J. Andrew
Brown, JoAnne
Creager, Angela N. H.
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Korean Journal of Medical History
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Journal of Contemporary History
Atti e Memorie, Rivista di Storia della Farmacia
Hong Kong University Press
University of Pittsburgh Press
Routledge India
Duke University Press
Public health
Medicine and society
Infectious diseases
Disease and diseases
Pittaluga, Gustavo
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
21st century
20th century, early
20th century, late
Hong Kong
Toronto (Ontario)
World Health Organization (WHO)
Henry Phipps Institute, Philadelphia
United States. Office of Indian Affairs
United Nations
Rockefeller Foundation

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