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By Xiaoping Fang

In 1968, on the top of the Cultural Revolution, the chinese language Communist social gathering recommended a thorough new approach of health-care supply for the agricultural lots. quickly each village had no less than one barefootdoctor to supply simple remedy, making a nationwide community of health-care providers for the first actual time. The barefoot medical professionals have been portrayed nationally and the world over as innovative heroes, wading undaunted via rice paddies to carry powerful, inexpensive care to bad peasants.
This publication is the 1st finished examine to seem past the nostalgia dominating current scholarship on public future health in China and provide a robust and thoroughly contextualized critique of the existing perspectives at the function of barefoot medical professionals, their legacy, and their impression. Drawing on basic files from the Cultural Revolution and private interviews with sufferers and medical professionals, Xiaoping Fang examines the proof in the broader background of medication in innovative and postreform China. He reveals that instead of consolidating conventional chinese language drugs, as purported through executive propaganda, the barefoot general practitioner application brought glossy Western medication to rural China, successfully modernizing tested equipment and sorts of care. therefore, this quantity retrieves from power oblivion a severe a part of the background of Western drugs in China.

Xiaoping Fang is assistant professor of chinese language historical past at Nanyang Technological college, Singapore.

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