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The Ding'an Hu papers consist of Dr.Hu's correspondence and research work during his time as a research scholar at Columbia University between 1950 and 1953. The papers include correspondence regarding Dr.Hu's performance and his status as a research scholar at Columbia University, handwritten and typewritten manuscripts of Dr. Hu's research writing on acupuncture and moxa, and an acupuncture roll.
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Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Ding'an Hu papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
Ownership and Custodial History
Transferred from the Medical Library, 1958.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Cataloged in July 1989 by Christina Hilton Fenn. Processed and title changed from Tin-an Hu papers to Ding'an Hu papers in accordance with the creator's LCNAF in 2018 by Yingwen Huang.
2009-06-26 File created.
2018-08-09 EAD finding aid updated.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Dr. Ding'an Hu (pinyin: Hu, Ding'an; Wade Giles: Hu, Tin-an, Hu, Ting-an; simplified & traditional Chinese: 胡定安), born in Wuxing district, Huzhou city, Zhejiang province, 1898. He graduated from Zhejiang Medical School (浙江医药专门学校) in 1919. In 1924, he received sponsorship from the government and began attending the University of Berlin Medical School. He obtained his M.D. in 1927 and returned to China the following year. After returning to China, Dr.Hu published books and articles on diseases such as fever and malaria, public health policies, and hygiene issues in Chinese society. He advocated to introduce western medical knowledge in China and ridding of the superstition aspects of traditional Chinese medicine. Dr.Hu later became the Director of Nanjing Health Department and he was also a professor at multiple universities. From November 1937 to June 1948, Dr.Hu was the President of the National Jiangsu Medical College (国立江苏医学院, present day known as the Nanjing Medical University, 南京医科大学). He was also the General Secretary of the Research Institute of Preventive Medicine in China. In 1951, he was appointed as a research scholar at Columbia University under the Department of State's grant-in-aid program recommended by the Nationalist Ministry of Education. During his time at Columbia, he researched about the history of acupuncture and moxa and its relation to cancer treatment. He was most known as the forerunner in establishing the study of public health and implementing policies on public health and hygiene in modern Chinese society.