Medical Transitions in Twentieth-Century China

Edited by Bridie Andrews and Mary Brown Bullock

Contributions by Yi-Li Wu, Nicole E. Barnes, Carol A. Benedict, Liping Bu, Chen Ling, Xiaoping Fang, Cheng Zhen, Rachel Core, Miriam Gross, Lincoln C. Chen, Xi Gao, Sonya Grypma, Veronica Pearson, Volker Scheid, Yu Xinzhong, Zhang Daqing, Ka-Wai Fan, Tina Phillips Johnson, Michelle Renshaw, John R. Watt and Sean H-L Lei

Published by: Indiana University Press

440 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 29 b&w illus., 1 map, 7 tables

  • Paperback
  • 9780253014900
  • Published: August 2014


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  • 9780253014948
  • Published: August 2014


This volume examines important aspects of China's century-long search to provide appropriate and effective health care for its people. Four subjects—disease and healing, encounters and accommodations, institutions and professions, and people's health—organize discussions across case studies of schistosomiasis, tuberculosis, mental health, and tobacco and health. Among the book's significant conclusions are the importance of barefoot doctors in disseminating western medicine, the improvements in medical health and services during the long Sino-Japanese war, and the important role of the Chinese consumer. Intended for an audience of health practitioners, historians, and others interested in the history of medicine and health in China, the book is one of three commissioned by the China Medical Board to mark its centennial in 2014.