What Undid Chinese State Medicine?
The standard narrative of state medicine in the People's Republic of China moves from wild success with the barefoot doctors in the 1960s-70s to disastrous demise in the 1980s with reform policies and economic liberalization. Professor Miriam Gross has uncovered evidence from county archives that upturns this narrative on both ends. Come join Professor Nicole Barnes' "History of Chinese Medicine" class to discover how microhistory of state medicine at the village level challenges dominant narratives.
Miriam Gross is an Associate Professor of History and International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma. She teaches courses on Chinese and East Asian history and on environmental and disease crises and rural life in China. Professor Gross' research focuses on the history of rural public health and the popularization of science during the 1950s in China. Her book Farewell to the God of Plague, published by the University of California Press in 2016, reassesses the celebrated Maoist health care model through the lens of Mao's famous campaign against snail fever. She received her Master's in International Affairs from Columbia University and her Ph.D. in Modern Chinese History from the University of California, San Diego.