The International Medical Relief Corps in Wartime China, 1937-1945

TitleThe International Medical Relief Corps in Wartime China, 1937-1945
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsMamlok, Robert
Number of Pages241
PublisherMcFarland & Company Inc. Publishers
CityJefferson, North Carolina

Both before and during World War II, the Nazis restricted the rights of Jewish and communist doctors. Some fought back, first by fighting against Fascism in the Spanish Civil War and then by helping the Chinese in their struggle against Japan. There were, however, two rival factions in China. One favored Chiang Kai-shek (the nationalists) and the other, the communists—and 27 foreign medical personnel were caught between them. Amidst poverty, war and corruption, living conditions were poor and traveling was hazardous. This book follows members of the Chinese Red Cross Medical Relief Corps through the war as they became enemy aliens and pursued their work despite the perils. These doctors had a keen sense of public health needs and contributed to the recognition and management of infectious diseases and nutritional disorders, all the while denouncing corruption, inhumanity and inequality.

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