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The Great Manchurian Plague of 1910-1911: The Geopolitics of an Epidemic Disease William C. Summers

The Great Manchurian Plague of 1910-1911: The Geopolitics of an Epidemic Disease

William C. Summers

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ISBN : 9780300184761
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192 pages
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When plague broke out in Manchuria in 1910 as a result of transmission from marmots to humans, it struck a region struggling with the introduction of Western medicine, as well as with the interactions of three different national powers: Chinese,MoreWhen plague broke out in Manchuria in 1910 as a result of transmission from marmots to humans, it struck a region struggling with the introduction of Western medicine, as well as with the interactions of three different national powers: Chinese, Japanese, and Russian. In this fascinating case history, William Summers relates how this plague killed as many as 60,000 people in less than a year, and uses the analysis to examine the actions and interactions of the multinational doctors, politicians, and ordinary residents who responded to it.Summers covers the complex political and economic background of early twentieth-century Manchuria and then moves on to the plague itself, addressing the various contested stories of the plagues origins, development, and ecological ties. Ultimately, Summers shows how, because of Manchurias importance to the world powers of its day, the plague brought together resources, knowledge, and people in ways that enacted in miniature the triumphs and challenges of transnational medical projects such as the World Health Organization.