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The Business of Health
New Approaches to the Evolution of Health Systems in the World

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ISBN 9781032187396
February 28, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
210 Pages

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Book Description

This book offers a discussion about the dramatic development of health care business around the world during the twentieth century. Through a broad range of cases in Asia, Europe, and the US, it shows how health was transformed into a fast-growing and diversified industry.

Health and medicine have developed as one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy around the world during the twentieth century. However, very little is known about the conditions of their transformation in a big, globalized business. This book discusses the development of health industries, tackling the various activities in manufacturing (drugs, biotechnology, medical devices, etc.), infrastructure (hospital design and construction) and services (nursing care, insurances, hospital management, etc.) in relation to healthcare. The business history of health carried out in this book offers a systemic perspective that includes the producers (companies), practitioners (medical doctors), and users (patients and hospitals) of medical technology, as well as the providers of capital and the bodies responsible for regulating the health system (government).

The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the journal, Business History.

Table of Contents

1. Health Industries in the Twentieth Century

Pierre-Yves Donzé and Paloma Fernández Pérez

2. Learning from giants: Early exposure to advance markets in the growth and internationalisation of Spanish health care corporations in the twentieth century

Paloma Fernández Pérez, Nuria Puig, Esteban García-Canal and Mauro F. Guillén

3. Thriving in the shadow of giants: The success of the Japanese surgical needle producer MANI, 1956–2016

Ken Sakai

4. Challenging the Problem of ‘Fit’: Advancing the Regenerative Medicine Industries in the United States, Britain and Japan

Maki Umemura

5. ‘Importance of Germany to Countries around and to World Economy makes it impossible to ignore’ – The Rockefeller Foundation and Public Health in Germany after WWII

Sabine Schleiermacher

6. Socialisation of healthcare demand and development of the French health system (1890–1938)

Jean-Paul Domin

7. China: The development of the health system during the Maoist period (1949–76)

Roser Alvarez-Klee

8. Architects and knowledge transfer in hospital systems: The introduction of Western hospital designs in Japan (1918–1970)

Pierre-Yves Donzé

9. The genesis, growth and organisational changes of private health insurance companies in Spain (1915–2015)

Jerònia Pons-Pons and Margarita Vilar-Rodríguez

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Pierre-Yves Donzé is Professor of Business History at Osaka University, Japan, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He is co-editor of the journal Business History. His research focuses on the history of the global dynamics of industries (hospitals and medtech, watchmaking, fashion and luxury).

Paloma Fernández Pérez is Professor of Economic and Business history at Universitat de Barcelona. She is former co-editor of the journal, Business History and Co-editor of the Journal of Evolutionary Studies in Business. Fernández Pérez is an expert in history of entrepreneurship in industries and services. Her most recent book is The Emergence of Modern Hospital Management and Organization in the World 1880s-1930s (2021).