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Global Movements, Local Concerns

Medicine and Health in Southeast Asia

The development of medicine in Southeast Asia over the past two centuries has not been a simple imposition of European scientific medicine, but a complex and negotiated process that drew on Southeast Asian health experts, local medical traditions, and changing national and popular expectations. The contributors to this volume show how the practices of health in Southeast Asia over the past two centuries were mediated by local medical traditions, colonial interests, governments and policies, international interventions, and by a wide range of health agents and intermediaries. Their findings call into question many of the claims based on medicalization and biopolitics that treat change as a process of rupture. While governments, both colonial and national, instituted policies that affected large numbers of people, much health care remained rooted in a more interactive and locally-mediated experience, in which tradition, adaptation and hybridization is as important as innovation and conflict. "Semi-subaltern" Western-trained doctors and varied traditional healers, many of them women, were among the cultural brokers involved in the building of healthcare systems, and helped circulate mixed practices and ideas about medicine and health even as they found their place in new professional and social hierarchies in an era of globalization.

350 pages | 6 x 9

Asian Studies: Southeast Asia and Australia

Economics and Business: Health Economics

History: Asian History


Political Science: Political Behavior and Public Opinion

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Table of Contents

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Chapter 1 The Real Expedición de la Vacuna and the Philippines, 1803-1807
Thomas B. Colvin
Chapter 2 The Nguyễn Initiative to Acquire Vaccinia, 1820-1821
C. Michele Thompson
Chapter 3 Wats and Worms: The Activities of the Rockefeller Foundation’s International Health Board in Southeast Asia (1913-1940)
Liew Kai Khiun
Chapter 4 The 1937 Bandung Conference on Rural Hygiene: Toward a New Vision of Healthcare?
Annick Guénel
Chapter 5 Science, Sex, and Superstition: Midwifery in 19th-Century Philippines
Raqual A.G. Reyes
Chapter 6 Dokter Djawa and Dukun: Perceptions of Indigenous Western-Trained Doctors about Traditional Healers in the Dutch East Indies around 1900
Liesbeth Hesselink
Chapter 7 Torn between Economics, Public Health and Chinese Nationalism: The Anti-Opium Campaign of Colonal Malaya, c. 1890s-1941
Ooi Keat Gin
Chapter 8 Hanoi in the Time of Cholera: Epidemic Disease and Racial Power in the Colonial City
Michael G. Vann
Chapter 9 HIV/AIDS Epidemic and the Politics of Access to Medicines in Thailand: A Study of the Health Impact of Globalization
Yu-Ling Huang
Chapter 10 A Revolutionary Movement to Bring Traditional Medicine Back to the Grassroots Level: On the Biopoliticization of Herbal Medicine in Vietnam
Ayo Wahlberg
Chapter 11 Medicine and Public Health in Thai Historiography: From an Elitist View to Counter-Hegemonic Discourse
Chatichai Muksong and Komatra Chuengsatiansup

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