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September 06, 2008


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Hilary, thanks for the tip. I'll look into it.


This is fascinating! I love the term (and the idea) "farmer-scholars." It conveys so much respect.

P.S. I was just thinking, have you ever heard/read about how Christians responded to plagues in the Roman Empire in the first few centuries after Christ? I don't know a whole lot about it, but I believe the Christians made a big splash and earned some much-needed goodwill by caring not only for one another, but also for non-Christians who had been abandoned because of their illness. Anyway, I just think that's a great bit of history, kind of an inspiration when I think about Christians responding to contemporary diseases like HIV/AIDS.


Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for the other resources. Chen is another on the list I'd like to highlight.

Thanks again.


It's good to see that Dr. Yen's example is still inspiring people.

Those who want more details on the Ding Xian health program can look at the chapter in my (I'm afraid rather academic!) book, Charles Hayford, TO THE PEOPLE: JAMES YEN AND VILLAGE CHINA (Columbia U. Press, 1990) or the memoirs of C. C. Chen, MEDICINE IN RURAL CHINA: A PERSONAL ACCOUNT(U of California Press, 1989). Chen was one of the pioneers of community health programs in the 1930s, and had great influence on the new programs after 1949.

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