Since the 1990s, research on the history of colonial medicine in Taiwan has boomed. This research interest after the long period of neglect that followed World War II is in large part due to the political changes and growing freedom on the island. Numerous case studies depicted the Taiwan experience of “colonial modernity,” showing how the Taiwanese public health improved under Japanese rule between 1895 and 1945. This has been seen as part of the Japanese colonization effort to modernize the medical system in Taiwan and can be linked to the “scientific colonialism” referred to in Japanese government propaganda about its colonial policy.

In Prescribing Colonization: The Role of Medical Practices and Policies in Japan-Ruled Taiwan, 1895–1945, Michael Shiyung Liu attempts to integrate the vast scholarship of existing studies in three languages (Chinese, English, and Japanese). Referring to the new research on...

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