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Mass Vaccination: Citizens' Bodies and State Power in Modern China

Mary Augusta Brazelton


While the eradication of smallpox has long been documented, not many know the Chinese roots of this historic achievement. This book examines the People's Republic of China's public health campaigns of the 1950s to explain just how China managed to inoculate almost six hundred million people against this and other deadly diseases. The book tells the story of the people, materials, and systems that built these campaigns, exposing how, by improving the nation's health, the Chinese Communist Party quickly asserted itself in the daily lives of all citizens. This crusade had deep roots in the Republ ... More

Keywords: smallpox, China, Chinese public health, inoculation, Chinese Communist Party, immunization, vaccination, Chinese medical history, primary health care

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781501739989
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501739989.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mary Augusta Brazelton, author
University of Cambridge