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Biomedical OdysseysFetal Cell Experiments from Cyberspace to China$
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Priscilla Song

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691174778

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691174778.001.0001

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Medical Entrepreneurs

Medical Entrepreneurs

(p.105) Chapter 5 Medical Entrepreneurs
Biomedical Odysseys

Priscilla Song

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines how changes in the political economy of health care have encouraged enterprising Chinese clinicians to experiment with lucrative biomedical interventions for foreign patients. It follows the career trajectory of New Century Hospital's lead neurosurgeon, Chinese neurosurgeon Dr. Huang Hongyun, and contrasts his experiences with those of other clinicians in order to illustrate the ethnographic contours of medical entrepreneurialism in urban China. Recounting their struggles to balance individual interests, professional ethics, and global ambitions, it demonstrates how the pursuit of high-tech therapies by medical entrepreneurs is not just about making money but also about professional ambitions and nationalistic pride—a cultural phenomenon framed as technonationalism.

Keywords:   Chinese clinicians, experimental treatment, foreign patients, Huang Hongyun, medical entrepreneurialism, technonationalism

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