H. RALPH SCHUMACHER JR., M.D.; R. PALMER BEASLEY, M.D.
The Republic of China, on the semitropical, mountainous, 394- by 144-km island of Taiwan and 13 smaller islands, is populated by 19 million people. There are about 270 000 aborigines but the rest of the population is Chinese from early or recent migrations from the mainland. Rapid industrialization has given Taiwan the fourth highest standard of living in Asia (after Japan, Singapore, and Hong Kong) and a per capita income of about $3000 per year. There is virtually universal literacy.
This increasingly Westernized society was greatly influenced by American medicine after World War II. Despite the severing of official relations
H. RALPH SCHUMACHER, R. PALMER BEASLEY. Medical Education, Hospitals, and Health Care on Taiwan. Ann Intern Med. 1985;102:409–410. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-102-3-409
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;102(3):409-410.
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