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5. How Rigidity, Disease and Hunger Undermined Nationalist China’s Military Medical Reformers

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This chapter explores a basic problem, beginning with its impact on Dr. Lin Kesheng's work and its impact on the medical relief corps (MRC). It looks at ways in which the medical reformers, aided by American logistics, worked around the military leaders in Chongqing. The chapter examines the problems of nutrition and conscription that beset Nationalist Chinese armies in the last year of the war. In the early summer of 1944, the Japanese military launched their last great campaign in China, to provide a communications link from north China to the South China sea and to disrupt General Chennault's air operations. This onslaught unleashed a huge refugee and disease crisis and abruptly shut down the fifth emergency medical service training schools (EMSTS) center causing the hasty evacuation of medical facilities so arduously developed in Guiyang.

Keywords: Dr. Lin Kesheng; emergency medical service training schools (EMSTS); medical relief corps (MRC); Nationalist Chinese armies



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