A Wilderness of Marshes: The Origins of Public Health in Shanghai, 1843-1893

A Wilderness of Marshes: The Origins of Public Health in Shanghai, 1843-1893

By: Kerrie L. MacPherson (author)Hardback

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The successful emergence of Shanghai as a world city by the close of the nineteenth century was built upon the establishment of a modern urban base. No aspect of Shanghai's infrastructural developments was more critically important than the creation of a public health system. A Wilderness of Marshes traces Shanghai's medical infrastructure from its conception to the implementation of a Western-style public health system and a municipal government to manage it. Kerrie MacPherson details the pioneering actions of Shanghai's capitalist, professional, and religious communities who skillfully adapted the ideas and practices gaining currency in Western science, medicine, public morality, and urban circumstances to the Asian metropolis.

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Kerrie L. MacPherson is Associate Professor of History at the University of Hong Kong.


Chapter 1 Introduction: 'A Most Unlikely Place' Chapter 2 The Climatological Reconnaissance Chapter 3 The Elaboration of a Medical Topography Chapter 4 Sanitary Reform: Prelude to Pure Water Chapter 5 'The Best of its Kind': The Shanghai Waterworks Chapter 6 Salus Populi Suprema Lex: The Evolution of Public Medicine Chapter 7 A Charitable Enterprise: The Chinese Hospital Chapter 8 From the Eleemosynary to the Quasi-public: The Transformation of the Shanghai General Hospital Chapter 9 State Medicine and the Experiment of the Lock Hospital Chapter 10 Conclusion: The Foundation of a Community

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  • publication date: 30/03/2002
  • ISBN13: 9780739103692
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 362
  • ID: 9780739103692
  • weight: 558
  • ISBN10: 0739103695

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