A Documentary History of Public Health in Hong Kong

Ka-che Yip , Man Kong WONG, Yuen Sang Leung

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The publication of this book marks the fifteenth anniversary of the outbreak of SARS epidemic in Hong Kong in 2003. This documentary study, originating as a research project a year after the epidemic, is a comprehensive attempt to examine the development of public health in Hong Kong from 1841 to the early 1990s. It covers the periods of prewar colonial rule, Japanese occupation, postwar reconstruction and growth, and the beginning of decolonisation. It analyses political, social, economic, and cultural factors, including the intersection of colonial priorities and indigenous agency and practices that affected disease outbreaks and development, government and local responses, advances in technology related to health and medicine, as well as the emergence of health agencies and institutions. The historical documents, selected from government archives, personal papers, and special collections, are invaluable source materials for the critical evaluation of such developments. The book provides a much needed and indispensable historical perspective to understanding Hong Kong’s struggle to combat prevalent and emerging diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, avian influenza, and SARS.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationHong Kong
PublisherThe Chinese University of Hong Kong Press
Number of pages464
ISBN (Electronic)9789882377509
ISBN (Print)9789629968366, 9629968363
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2018

Scopus Subject Areas

  • History
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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