Fighting for Health: Medicine in Cold War Southeast Asia
Forthcoming January 2024
Edited by C. Michele Thompson, Kathryn Sweet and Michitake Aso
With contributions from Christopher Shepherd, Por Heong Hong, Kathryn Sweet, Nara Oda, Annick Guenel, Vivek Neelakantan, Xiaoping Fang, & John DiMoia
For far too long, Southeast Asia has been treated as a static backdrop for the exploits and discoveries of Western biomedical doctors. Yet, Southeast Asians have been vital to the significant developments in the prevention and treatment of diseases that have taken place in the region and beyond. Our volume focuses on Southeast Asia during the Cold War because this was a time when many of the institutions and people that have shaped the subsequent responses to outbreaks, epidemics, and pandemics first developed. In other words, the Cold War framed many current trends in less than obvious ways. The diversity of approaches to health and medicine in Cold War Southeast Asia also reminds us of the possibilities, and limits, of human intervention in the face of political, social, economic, and microbial realities. More than just a source of emerging infectious diseases, the people and places of Southeast Asia have provided a clinical trial for different health regimes. This volume highlights new perspectives and methods that have evolved from research presented at regional conferences, including the History of Medicine in Southeast Asia (HOMSEA) series. These insights serve to challenge dominant models of the medical humanities that still ignore much human experience.
Michele Thompson holds an MA in East Asian History and a PhD in Southeast Asian History. Her research and publications focus on the History of Medicine and the Environment of Southeast Asia.
Kathryn Sweet is a social historian of Laos whose research has focused on health, development and cultural issues of the twentieth century.
Michitake Aso is a global environmental historian whose research has focused on Vietnamese and French agriculture, medicine, and health in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Publication Year: 2024
299mm x 152mm
4 tables, 12 b/w images, 2 maps