Volume 23, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


This is the second of a series of studies (the first was concerned with Russia) begun in 1969 by the Fogarty International Center on research, and health programs related thereto. This study on medicine and public-health activities in the People's Republic of China began in late 1970 on the eve of resumption of communications, after 20 years, between the United States and China. Thus the work had to depend largely upon admittedly dubious evidence, principally that gleaned from Chinese scientific publications and press reports, for lack of competent, first-hand observations.

A few western representatives of medicine, principally from British Commonwealth countries, were permitted in mainland China after 1949, but were proscribed after the cultural revolution of 1966. Their visits, like those of American visitors since 1971, usually followed a stereotyped pattern: entry to China through Hong Kong, travel by train or airplane to Peking with return to Hong Kong after a few weeks, sometimes via Nanking, Hangchow, and Shanghai.


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