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Histories of Health in Southeast Asia

Perspectives on the Long Twentieth Century

Edited by Tim Harper and Sunil S. Amrith

Contributions by Nopphanat Anuphongphat, Theresa Devasahayam, Kirsty Walker, Sokhieng Au, Teresa Tadem, Eric Tagliacozzo, Peter Boomgaard, Kah Seng Loh, Greg Bankoff, Komatra Chuengsatiansup, Wei Leng Loh, Atsuko Naono, Rachel Leow, Alberto Gerardo Gomes, Mary E. Wilson and Vivek Neelakantan

Published by: Indiana University Press

320 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in, 1 b&w illus, 6 tables

  • Paperback
  • 9780253014917
  • Published: October 2014


  • eBook
  • 9780253014955
  • Published: October 2014


Health patterns in Southeast Asia have changed profoundly over the past century. In that period, epidemic and chronic diseases, environmental transformations, and international health institutions have created new connections within the region and the increased interdependence of Southeast Asia with China and India. In this volume leading scholars provide a new approach to the history of health in Southeast Asia. Framed by a series of synoptic pieces on the "Landscapes of Health" in Southeast Asia in 1914, 1950, and 2014 the essays interweave local, national, and regional perspectives. They range from studies of long-term processes such as changing epidemics, mortality and aging, and environmental history to detailed accounts of particular episodes: the global cholera epidemic and the hajj, the influenza epidemic of 1918, WWII, and natural disasters. The writers also examine state policy on healthcare and the influence of organizations, from NGOs such as the China Medical Board and the Rockefeller Foundation to grassroots organizations in Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines.