Historical perspectives in public health

Experiences from Hong Kong

Authored by: S. H. Lee

Routledge Handbook of Global Public Health in Asia

Print publication date:  April  2014
Online publication date:  April  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415643825
eBook ISBN: 9781315818719
Adobe ISBN: 9781317817703

10.4324/9781315818719.ch1

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Abstract

History helps us understand the policies and problems we face today. This chapter will describe the history of public health in Hong Kong over two periods. The first period will cover the early days before World War II (1840s–1940s), and the second will examine public health after the end of World War II and be further divided into three phases, with each phase having its own distinct historical events. Phase 1 covers 1945 to 1960, Phase 2 covers the 1970s and the 1980s, and Phase 3 covers the 1990s to the present.

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