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Barefoot Doctors of Rural China

Synopsis
An overview of Chinese medical care before 1976. Concentrates on rural China and demonstrates the effect of Mao Zedong’s June 1965 directive ‘in medical care put the emphasis on the countryside’. Attention is directed at family planning and the role of women in society. Emphasis is placed upon how the Chinese medical system uses and combines both Western and traditional medicine and there are shots of these techniques (acupuncture, the mixing of traditional herbs, etc.).
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Film; Film. 16mm. sd. col. 48 min.
Technical information
Black-and-white / Sound
Year of production
1975
Availability
Hire
Documentation
Reference: ‘The Politics of Medicine in China’ by David Lampton.
Uses
Advanced courses on the geography of China, particularly ‘introduction to contemporary China courses’.*
Subjects
Medical sciences
Keywords
China; health services; rural communities; traditional medicine

Credits

Director
Diane Li

Distribution Formats

Type
Film
Format
16mm

Distributor

Name

Contemporary Films

Phone
020 7255 1444
Fax
020 7436 7950
Address
British Film Institute
21 Stephen Street
London W1P 2LN
Notes
Administrative address: Unit H Spectrum House, Gordon House Road, London NW5 1LP, tel: 020 7482 6204, fax: 020 7284 2809, email: inquiries@contemporaryfilms.com, http://www.comtemporaryfilms.com

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