2012 New History
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Changes of morbidity patterns in colonial Taiwan

Shi-yung Liu

Institute of Taiwan History Preparatory Office, Academia Sinica

This paper aims to study the changes of morbidity patterns in colonial Taiwan. The author suggested that the progress of medical knowledge and public health measures, not curative work itself, had important impacts on the changes of mortality. Statistical analyses showed some connections between the prevalence of medical/hygienic knowledge and the improvement of mortality between 1906-1942. In addition, based on the analysis on epidemiological transition after the 1920s, socio-economic progress and increase of medical services could be important issues to explain the changes. Generally speaking, the prevalence of medical knowledge / hygienic measures pushed the changes of morbidity patterns after the 1920s, but chaos in medical market and fast changes in socio-economic situation also bottlenecked further improvement after the 1930s.


Keywords: morbidity structure, top ten causes of death, epidemiological transition, life expectancy, decomposition analysis, morality