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Author Rogaski, Ruth.

Title Hygienic modernity : meanings of health and disease in treaty-port China / Ruth Rogaski
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2004


Description 1 online resource (xiv, 401 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Asia-Local studies/global themes ; 9
Asia--local studies/global themes ; 9
Contents "Conquering the one hundred diseases": weisheng before the twentieth century -- Health and disease in Heaven's Ford -- Medical encounters and divergences -- Translating weisheng in treaty-port China -- Transforming eisei in Meiji Japan -- Deficiency and sovereignty: hygienic modernity in the occupation of Tianjin, 1900-1902 -- Seen and unseen: the urban landscape and boundaries of weisheng -- Weisheng and the desire for modernity -- Japanese management of germs in Tianjin -- Germ warfare and patriotic weisheng
Summary Placing meanings of health and disease at the center of modern Chinese consciousness, Ruth Rogaski reveals how hygiene became a crucial element in the formulation of Chinese modernity in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Rogaski focuses on multiple manifestations across time of a single Chinese concept, weisheng--which has been rendered into English as "hygiene," "sanitary," "health," or "public health"--As it emerged in the complex treaty-port environment of Tianjin. Before the late nineteenth century, weisheng was associated with diverse regimens of diet, meditation, and self-medication. Hygienic Modernity reveals how meanings of weisheng, with the arrival of violent imperialism, shifted from Chinese cosmology to encompass such ideas as national sovereignty, laboratory knowledge, the cleanliness of bodies, and the fitness of races: categories in which the Chinese were often deemed lacking by foreign observers and Chinese elites alike.--Publisher description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 365-395) and index
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Subject Health behavior -- China
Public health -- China
Medicine -- History.
Health behavior -- China -- Tianjin
Public health -- China -- Tianjin
Public Health -- history
Health Behavior -- ethnology
History of Medicine
History, 19th Century
History, 20th Century
Medicine, Chinese Traditional -- history
history of medicine.
HEALTH & FITNESS -- Health Care Issues.
MEDICAL -- Public Health.
MEDICAL -- Health Policy.
HEALTH & FITNESS -- Diseases -- General.
MEDICAL -- Diseases.
MEDICAL -- Health Care Delivery.
HISTORY -- Asia -- General.
Health Behavior -- China.
Public health -- China.
Public health -- China. -- History.
Health Behavior -- ethnology -- China.
History of medicine -- China.
History, 19th Century -- China.
History, 20th Century -- China.
Medicine, Chinese Traditional -- China. -- History.
Health behavior
Public health
Subject China -- Tianjin
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780520930605