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Introduction: Saving Lives in the Context of Disease, Poverty and War

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In early twentieth century China, the idea of saving children had little traction. China's children were targets of human oppression, devastating diseases and dangerous malpractice. This is the introductory chapter of the book, which highlights the work of a small but dedicated group of medical reformers who took on the challenge to deal with China's high rates of sickness and death. These reformers were individuals who obtained professional education in colleges that taught clinical and laboratory-based medicine, hereafter referred to as biomedicine. All modern warfare is brutal, but the Chinese civil war and the war between China and Japan were fought with unusual ferocity. To root out Communism, the Nationalist forces used scorched earth tactics and generally executed identifiable Communists. Pervasive poverty is an especially intractable problem, and one with a ruthless impact on human immune systems, especially of people living on the edge.

Keywords: Chinese civil war; poverty



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