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Title: Specifying fevers : positioning Malaya's health lobbies (1867-1941)
Author: Khiun, Liew Kai
ISNI:       0000 0001 3609 8642
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2007
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This dissertation explores the roles of interest groups in the provision of medical facilities and the shaping of public policies in colonial Malaya. Business associations, medical missionaries, temperance movements and international health organisations were instrumental in financing and establishing medical facilities, as well as promoting public health issues and particular infectious diseases as flagships to define and platform larger socio-political agendas. Among the organisations included were the local merchant and plantation bodies, Anti-Opium Societies and social hygiene based organisations, the League of Nations and the Rockefeller Foundation. Their activities were situated within the contexts of health in the urban centres, plantation estates and rural hinterlands. In addition, these groups were visible in addressing social problems manifested through opium addiction and venereal diseases, and the crisis during the 1918 influenza pandemic. Collectively, these lobbies served to broaden the appreciation of the multi-layered interactions between health and society. The appropriation of healing functions by these non-medical organisations revealed a more pluralistic discourse on medicine beyond that of the medical practitioners or public health officials. Operating simultaneously at the local, regional and international contexts, the transnational networks of these organisations open up the possibilities of a more globalised perspective of health and medicine. The doctoral thesis hopes to historicise the phenomenon of non-government organisations in colonial Malaya, and to present new insights of the medical and socio-political contexts in which they operated.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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