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Reconstructing Bodies: Biomedicine, Health, and Nation-Building in South Korea Since 1945

John DiMoia


This book surveys the transformation of medical practice in Korea from the late 19th century to the present, detailing the numerous changes involved as late Choson Korea (1876-1910) gave way to Japanese colonization (1910-1945), the post-war American Occupation (1945-1948), and an independent Republic of Korea (ROK) (1948- ), with the Korean War soon to come. Moreover, the book focuses on the corresponding history of medical intervention—sanitary, surgical, and preventive public health—by a wide array of private, university-based, and state-led actors, emphasizing that the so-called “Miracle o ... More

Keywords: Biopolitics, Cold War, Development, Family Planning, Hygiene, Plastic Surgery, Public Health, Sanitary, Technology Transfer, Traditional Medicine

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780804784115
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804784115.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John DiMoia, author