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St. Luke's Hospital and the Modernisation of Japan
Health and History (2013)
  • Garrett L. Washington, University of Massachusetts Amherst
By 1902, Japanese physicians’ mastery of western medicine had made western missionary doctors and their hospitals seemingly obsolete. One missionary hospital, however, opened its doors that year, and represents a notable exception to the trend of missionary medicine’s decline in modern Japan. While other missionary hospital enterprises faltered, St. Luke’s Hospital survived the tumultuous modernisation of Japan and its health care system to become one of Japan’s premier general hospitals. Using hospital reports, fundraising materials, correspondence, memoirs, government statistics and other sources, this paper sheds light on the hospital’s early success and its important place in the development of medical care, education, and public health in modern Japan. 
  • Missionary hospital,
  • Nursing,
  • Public health,
  • Japan,
  • Health care policy
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Garrett L. Washington. "St. Luke's Hospital and the Modernisation of Japan" Health and History Vol. 15 Iss. 2 (2013)
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