This section explains that the essays in this book have examined both the temporal and spatial aspects of the development of various approaches to combating malaria during the colonial and postcolonial period in Hong Kong, Okinawa, Taiwan, and mainland China. It further shows that the essays consider the historical development of malaria and its control or eradication in modern East Asia as a dynamic process of interaction between the interests and objectives of the state (colonial or sovereign), international interests, the emergence of new medical knowledge and technology, changing concepts of disease and health, and local environmental conditions and local society, as well as the political, social, and economic forces at work in a particular locality at a particular time. It points out that they demonstrate the complexity required in the formulation and implementation of anti-malaria policies, and highlight factors central to the health of a society.
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