Infectious Change: Reinventing Chinese Public Health After an Epidemic

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Stanford University Press, 4 Mei 2016 - 272 halaman

In February 2003, a Chinese physician crossed the border between mainland China and Hong Kong, spreading Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)—a novel flu-like virus—to over a dozen international hotel guests. SARS went on to kill about 800 people and sicken 8,000 worldwide. By July 2003 the disease had disappeared, but it left an indelible change on public health in China. The Chinese public health system, once famous for its grassroots, low-technology approach, was transformed into a globally-oriented, research-based, scientific endeavor.

In Infectious Change, Katherine A. Mason investigates local Chinese public health institutions in Southeastern China, examining how the outbreak of SARS re-imagined public health as a professionalized, biomedicalized, and technological machine—one that frequently failed to serve the Chinese people. Mason recounts the rapid transformation as young, highly-trained biomedical scientists flooded into local public health institutions, replacing bureaucratic government inspectors who had dominated the field for decades. Infectious Change grapples with how public health in China was reinvented into a prestigious profession in which global impact and recognition were paramount—and service to vulnerable local communities was secondary.

 

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After SARS
1
City of Immigrants
37
Relationships Trust and Truths
68
Scientific Imaginaries
107
Pandemic Betrayals
143
Caring for the Population
181
Tianmai CDC by Department
203
Glossary of Chinese Terms
205
Notes
211
Bibliography
223
Index
245
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Katherine A. Mason is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Brown University.

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