Histories of Health in Southeast Asia: Perspectives on the Long Twentieth Century

Health patterns in Southeast Asia have changed profoundly over the past century, and so have the medical connections between Southeast Asia, China, and international institutions. This volume will reflect on the history of public health in Southeast Asia over the past century by examining the sites of interaction and exchange in which ideas about medicine and health were transformed. Scholars from numerous countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, India, the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States, have contributed essays for this volume. To learn more, please visit the project’s website.

“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.”
-Indiana University Press

For more information, please visit the book’s page at IUP.