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Farewell to the God of Plague: Chairman Mao's Campaign to Deworm China

Miriam Gross

Abstract

Few public-health paradigms are as important or enduring as the Maoist primary-health-care medical model. It not only inspired the World Health Organization’s policies toward primary health care but also is being revitalized to address current Chinese health crises, such as SARS. The book reassesses this celebrated model through the lens of one of Mao’s most famous health campaigns, the fight against snail fever, a parasitic disease. Using newly available archives, the book documents how economic, political, and cultural realities led to grassroots resistance, overturning the prior campaign na ... More

Keywords: China, public health, schistosomiasis, parasitic diseases, grassroots science, barefoot doctors, mass mobilization campaigns, Mao Zedong, scientific consolidation, Chinese politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780520288836
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520288836.001.0001

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Miriam Gross, author
Oklahoma University

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