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Accommodating the Chinese [electronic resource] : the American hospital in China, 1880-1920 /
Michelle Renshaw.
imprint
New York : Routledge, 2005.
description
xxii, 312 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
041597285X, 9780415972857
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Book
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imprint
New York : Routledge, 2005.
isbn
041597285X
9780415972857
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
The historical context -- The hospital-in time and space -- Chinese institutions the protestant missionaries met -- The physical hospital -- Early days-adapted buildings -- Putting down roots-the doctor-builder -- The arrival of architects -- Financing the hospital enterprise -- Who should pay? -- Who did pay? -- The patient's experience -- Entering a hospital -- Life on the ward.
language note
English text, with some terms in Chinese characters.
catalogue key
11345210
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 209-295) and index.
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Summaries
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This in depth comparative study demonstrates that the hospital established in China-its planning and architecture, financing, and all aspects of day-to-day operation-differed from its counterpart at home. These differences were never due to a single, or even dominant cause. They were a result of a complex process involving accommodation, appreciation, negotiation, opportunism and pragmatism.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This comparative study explores the emergence of modern, Western-style hospitals in China. The author discusses how the hospital established in China - its planning and architecture, financing and all aspects of day-to-day operations - differs from its counterpart in the West.
Long Description
Those historians of bio-medicine and its institutions who have turned their attentions away from the West have chosen, mainly to focus on the role of Western medicine in colonial societies. China provides the rare opportunity to investigate intercultural transfer of medical technology and social institutions in a society where the power-relations were not necessarily colonial. This in depth comparative study demonstrates that the hospital established in China-its planning and architecture, financing, and all aspects of day-to-day operation-differed from its counterpart at home. These differences were never due to a single, or even dominant cause. They were a result of a complex process involving accommodation, appreciation, negotiation, opportunism and pragmatism. Doctors were trying to balance the pressures of the political, cultural, economic and physical realities in China whilst maintaining their own professional standards. Rather than the currently popular micro-studies, this book tells alarger story. It enriches the history of the Western hospital by describing its manifestations beyond the West. Also, being a place where ordinary American met ordinary Chinese in the most intimate of circumstances, the hospital provides a unique window into the economic, political, cultural and social conditions of life in China at the time. For more information about this title, please visit www.michellerenshaw.com
Table of Contents
List of Figuresp. vii
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Abbreviationsp. xi
Glossaryp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
Introductionp. 1
The Historical Contextp. 17
The Hospital-in Time and Spacep. 21
Chinese Institutions the Protestant Missionaries Metp. 37
The Physical Hospitalp. 45
Early Days-Adapted Buildingsp. 49
Putting Down Roots-The Doctor-Builderp. 59
The Arrival of Architectsp. 79
Financing the Hospital Enterprisep. 99
Who Should Pay?p. 105
Who Did Pay?p. 119
The Patient's Experiencep. 139
Entering a Hospitalp. 141
Life on the Wardp. 167
Conclusion-The New Chinese Hospitalp. 195
Appendixp. 209
Notesp. 215
Bibliographyp. 273
Indexp. 297
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