CMB Launches Centennial Book Series in Beijing

CMB Chair Mary Brown Bullock offering remarks about the CMB Centennial book series in the PUMC courtyard.

As part of China Medical Board’s 100th anniversary celebration in Beijing, the CMB joined by Peking Union Medical College (PUMC) launched on September 19, 2014 five new books on the history and future of health in China.

The CMB Centennial Books Launches consisted of 4 Chinese translations of English-language volumes. These four books, previously inaccessible to Chinese audiences, examine the history of the founding of PUMC and the engagement of the Rockefeller family with China over the course of the 20th century. This Chinese translation series took two years of work by several translation teams guided by senior academics in China and the United States. The four Chinese translated volumes are:

An American Transplant: the PUMC by Mary Brown Bullock;

China Medical Board and Peking Union Medical College by Mary F. Ferguson;

Western Medicine in a Chinese Palace by John Z. Bowers;

The Oil Prince's Legacy by Mary Brown Bullock.

The launch event was conducted in the PUMC auditorium co-chaired by Liu Depei, Academician, Chinese Academy of Engineering and CMB President Lincoln Chen. Varioius keynote speakers offered historical reflections on PUMC and the development of modern medical sciences in China. The books launch concluded with remarks from the books’ publishers, PUMC Press and Commercial Press, and from the coordinator of the CMB Beijing Office, Director Zhang Ye.

A second CMB Centennial Book launch was conducted immediately afterwards at a reception in the PUMC courtyard. The new book, Medical Transitions in Twentieth-Century China edited by Bridie Andrews and Mary Brown Bullock was published by Indiana University Press in August 2014. PUMC President Zeng Yixin welcomed the guests who listened to remarks by co-editor CMB Chair Mary Brown Bullock and chapter author Zhang Daqing, Professor of Peking University. Medical Transitions is one of three books in CMB’s English-language centennial series that were peer reviewed and published by Indiana University Press in 2014 on the history of health and philanthropy in China and Southeast Asia.

In the morning of September 19, PUMC’s 6th Medical Education Forum was conducted in PUMC’s historic auditorium, chaired by Li Liming, Party Secretary of PUMC, and opened with speeches by Qin Huaijin, Director General, NHFPC, and Shi Pengjian, Directory General, Ministry of Education. Zeng Yixin, PUMC President, and Bob Buchanan, former CMB Chair, gave welcoming comments on behalf of PUMC and CMB respectively. CMB President Lincoln Chen joined PUMC leaders including new Dean Liu Yuanli in unveiling PUMC’s new School of Public Health. The Forum’s three sessions consisted of keynote speeches and panel discussions with medical education leaders and educators from the United States and Asian medical universities on recent developments in medical education, curricular reform and development, and international cooperation in medical education. 

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