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Four Series of Anti-Tuberculosis Posters


A Series of Anti-Tuberculosis Posters from Shanghai Anti-Tuberculosis Association


Series D, page 1.

This large series of anti-TB posters was produced by the Shanghai Anti-Tuberculosis Association. All the posters came out in November 1953 except the first two, which were printed in June 1954. The dates are significant, because the later posters cast public health as an integral part of the first Five-Year Plan of 1953–1957, and emphasized the "four principles" of national health work that became the key health policy under Mao Zedong.

Shanghai Anti-Tuberculosis Association, 1953-1954. (5000 copies were printed)

The Chinese flag is above the text of the first Five Year Plan's health policy, below the text is an agricultural production scene.

The first Five-Year Plan stated that as industrial production developed, factories would have labor insurance and labor protection, government employees would have free medical care, and health facilities would be strengthened to protect people’s health in cities and the countryside.

Above the text of the poster, A woman doctor carrying a medical bag  holds her right arm out towards a combination of countryside and industrial areas. In the bottom left corner is a doctor wearing a mask examins a male worker with his shirt open sitting in a chair while a peasant stands waiting his turn.

Protect people's health according to the four principles: "serve the workers, peasants, and soldiers; prevention first; unite new and old medicines [western and Chinese]; and combine health work with mass movements."