China and the Globalization of Biomedicine

May 2019
4 black and white illustrations
288 pages
9x6 in
Rochester Studies in Medical History
ISBN: 9781580469425
Format: Hardback
University of Rochester Press
BIC MBX, 1FPC, 2AB, 3JH
BISAC MED039000, HIS008000, MED078000

China and the Globalization of Biomedicine

Edited by David Luesink, William H. Schneider, Zhang Daqing

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Argues that developments in biomedicine in China should be at the center of our understanding of biomedicine, not at the periphery
Today China is a major player in advancing the frontiers of biomedicine, yet previous accounts have examined only whether medical ideas and institutions created in the West were successfully transferred to China. This is the first book to demonstrate the role China played in creating a globalized biomedicine between 1850 and 1950. This was China's "Century of Humiliation" when imperialist powers dominated China's foreign policy and economy, forcing it to join global trends that included limited public health measures in the nineteenth century and government-sponsored healthcare in the twentieth. These external pressures, combined with a vast population immiserated by imperialism and the decline of the Chinese traditional economy, created extraordinary problems for biomedicine that were both unique to China and potentially applicable to other developing nations. In this book, scholars based in China, the United States, and the United Kingdom make the case that developments in biomedicine in China such as the discovery of new diseases, the opening of the medical profession to women, the mass production of vaccines, and the delivery of healthcare to poor rural areas should be at the center of our understanding of biomedicine, not at the periphery.

CONTRIBUTORS: Daniel Asen, Nicole Barnes, Mary Augusta Brazelton, David Luesink, William H. Schneider, Li Shenglan, Gao Xi, He Xiaolian, Yu Xinzhong, Shi Yan

DAVID LUESINK is Assistant Professor of History at Sacred Heart University. WILLIAM SCHNEIDER is Professor Emeritus of History and the Medical Humanities Program at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. ZHANG DAQING is Professor and Head of the Medical Humanities Research Center at Peking University in Beijing.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: China and the Globalization of Biomedicine - David Luesink
PART 1. HYGIENE AND DISEASE CONSTRUCTION IN LATE QING CHINA
Reflections on the Modernity of Sanitation Construction in the Late Qing Dynasty - Yu Xinzhong
Discovering Diseases: Research on the Globalization of Medical Knowledge in Nineteenth-Century China - Gao Xi
PART 2. THE INDIGENIZATION OF BIOMEDICINE IN REPUBLICAN CHINA
Globalizing Biomedicine through Sino-Japanese Networks: The Case of National Medical College, Beijing, 1912-1937 - Daniel Asen and David Luesink
An Abortive Amalgamation: Multiple Western-Style Doctors in Republican China, 1927-1937 - Shi Yan
Shanghai's Female Doctors: A Discussion of the Gendered Politics of Modern Medical Professionalization - He Xiaolian
PART 3. THE SPREAD OF BIOMEDICINE TO SOUTHWEST CHINA, 1937-1945
A Social History of Wartime Nursing Training in Hunan, 1937-1945 - Li Shenglan
Frontiers of Immunology: Medical Migrations to Yunnan, Vaccine Research and Public Health During the War with Japan, 1937-1945 - Mary Augusta Brazelton
Serving the People: Chen Zhiqian and the Sichuan Provincial Health Administration, 1939-1949 - Nicole Barnes
Afterword: Western Medicine and Global Health - William H. Schneider
List of Chinese and Japanese Names and Terms
Notes on Contributors

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