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Making Medicine a Business

X-ray Technology, Global Competition, and the Transformation of the Japanese Medical System, 1895-1945


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Pierre-Yves Donzé
    Pages 1-13
  3. Pierre-Yves Donzé
    Pages 15-56
  4. Pierre-Yves Donzé
    Pages 57-105
  5. Pierre-Yves Donzé
    Pages 107-128
  6. Pierre-Yves Donzé
    Pages 153-172
  7. Pierre-Yves Donzé
    Pages 173-179
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 181-199

About this book


This book goes back to the origins of the transformation of health and medicine into a business, during the first part of the twentieth century, focusing on the example of Japan. In the past hundred years, medicine has gone from being a charitable activity to a large economic sector, amounting to 12–15% of the GDP in many developed countries, and one of the fastest-growing businesses around the world. Despite the mounting presence of the medical industry, there is a lack of academic work detailing this major transformation. The objective of this book is to fill this gap and address the following question: how did medicine become a business? Using over ten years of research in the field, Pierre-Yves Donzé argues that economic factors and business factors were decisive in transforming the way that medicine enters our lives. This book will be of interest to historians of medicine, business historians, health economists, scholars in medical humanities, and more. 


Corporate Japan Technological Innovation and the economy Medical industry Corporate history Critical economic history

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Osaka UniversityToyonakaJapan

About the authors

Pierre-Yves Donzé is a professor of business history at Osaka University, Japan and a visiting professor at Fribourg University, Switzerland.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Making Medicine a Business
  • Book Subtitle X-ray Technology, Global Competition, and the Transformation of the Japanese Medical System, 1895-1945
  • Authors Pierre-Yves Donzé
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-10-8158-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-13-4081-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-10-8159-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 199
  • Number of Illustrations 16 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Economic History
    Asian Economics
    History of Medicine
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