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Science, Public Health and the State in Modern Asia (Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia)

Liping Bu (Editor), Darwin H. Stapleton (Editor), Ka-Che Yip (Editor)


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This book examines the encounter between western and Asian models of public health and medicine in a range of East and Southeast Asian countries over the course of the twentieth century until now. It discusses the transfer of scientific knowledge of medicine and public health approaches from Europe and the United States to several Asian countries - Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Japan, Taiwan, and China - and local interactions with, and transformations of, these public health models and approaches from the nineteenth century to the 1950s. Taking a critical look at assumptions about the objectiveness of science, the book highlights the use of scientific knowledge for political control, cultural manipulation, social transformation and economic needs. It rigorously and systematically investigates the historical developments of public health concepts, policies, institutions, and how these practices changed from colonial, to post-colonial and into the present day.

Routledge, 9780415665667, 224pp.

Publication Date: October 26, 2011

About the Author

Liping Bu is Professor of History at Alma College, Michigan. Her publications include Making the World Like Us: Education, Cultural Expansion, and the American Century. Darwin H. Stapleton is Professor of History at University of Massachusetts-Boston, and Executive Director Emeritus of the Rockefeller Archive Center, USA. He is the editor of Creating a Tradition of Biomedical Research: Contributions to the History of The Rockefeller University. Ka-che Yip is Professor of History at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA. Recent publications include, as editor, Disease, Colonialism, and the State: Malaria in East Asian History.