Histories of Health in Southeast Asia

Histories of Health in Southeast Asia

Perspectives on the Long Twentieth Century
Edited by Tim Harper and Sunil S. Amrith
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 10/01/2014
Format: Paperback 1 b&w illus, 6 tables
ISBN: 978-0-253-01491-7
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Health patterns in Southeast Asia have changed profoundly over the past century. In that period, epidemic and chronic diseases, environmental transformations, and international health institutions have created new connections within the region and the increased interdependence of Southeast Asia with China and India. In this volume leading scholars provide a new approach to the history of health in Southeast Asia. Framed by a series of synoptic pieces on the "Landscapes of Health" in Southeast Asia in 1914, 1950, and 2014 the essays interweave local, national, and regional perspectives. They range from studies of long-term processes such as changing epidemics, mortality and aging, and environmental history to detailed accounts of particular episodes: the global cholera epidemic and the hajj, the influenza epidemic of 1918, WWII, and natural disasters. The writers also examine state policy on healthcare and the influence of organizations, from NGOs such as the China Medical Board and the Rockefeller Foundation to grassroots organizations in Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

Author Bio

Tim Harper is Reader in Southeast Asian History at the Faculty of History, University of Cambridge, Fellow of Magdalene College, and Associate Director of the Centre for History and Economics. He is author of The End of Empire and the Making of Malaya and (with Christopher Bayly) Forgotten Armies: The Fall of British Asia, 1941–45 and Forgotten Wars: The End of Britain's Asian Empire.

Sunil S. Amrith is Reader in Modern Asian History at Birkbeck, University of London. He is author of Decolonizing International Health: India and Southeast Asia, 1930–65; Migration and Diaspora in Modern Asia; and Crossing the Bay of Bengal: The Furies of Nature and the Fortunes of Migrants.


“The essays in this volume . . . deserve a wide readership, not only by those interested in the history of medicine but by all who are interested in the history of Southeast Asia.”
 — East Asian Science, Technology and Society

“[T]his volume is a remarkable addition to scholarship. . . . Highly recommended.”
 — Choice

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Table of Contents

Introduction / Sunil Amrith and Tim Harper
Part I. The Long Duree
1. Knowledge Transition and the Transformation of Medicine in Early Modern Siam / Komatra Chuengsatiansup & Nopphanat Anuphongphat
Part II. Health and Crisis
2. Pilgrim Ships and the Frontiers of Contagion: Quarantine Regimes from Southeast Asia to the Red Sea / Eric Tagliacozzo
3. The Influenza Epidemic of 1918-19 / Kirsty Walker
4. Disaster Medicine in Southeast Asia / Greg Bankoff
Part III. Uneven Transitions
5. The Demographic History of Southeast Asia in the Twentieth Century / Peter Boomgaard
6. "Rural" Health in Modern Southeast Asia / Atsuko Naoko
7. Population Ageing and the Family: The Southeast Asian Context / Theresa W. Devasahayam
8. Epidemic Disease in Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asia / Mary Wilson
Part IV. The Politics of Health
9. The Internationalization of Health in Southeast Asia / Sunil Amrith
10. Modernising yet Marginal: Hospitals and Asylums in Southeast Asia in the 20th Century / Loh Kah Seng
11. Healing the Nation: Politics, Medicine and Analogies of Health in Southeast Asia / Rachel Leow
12. Health or Tobacco: Competing Perspectives in Modern Southeast Asia / Loh Wei Leng
13. The Role of Non-governmental Organizations in the Field of Health in Modern Southeast Asia: the Philippine Experience / Teresa S Encarnacion Tadem

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