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Psychiatric services in Myanmar a historical perspective

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2018

Khin-Maung-Zaw*
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Consultant Psychiatrist and Senior Clinical Lecturer (Hon), Birmingham Children's Hospital Ladywood Middleway, Ladywood, Birmingham
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Myanmar, until recently known as Burma, is a developing nation in south-east Asia. Burmese kings and emperors ruled this land until 1885, when it fell into the hands of the British. It gained its independence in 1948. Burma has a mainly agricultural economy and has a rich fertile soil. At one stage in the post-war history Myanmar was renowned as ‘the rice bowl of the world’. It is blessed with abundant natural resources such as teak and precious stones. Myanmar covers a land area twice that of the British Isles with a population of around 42 million.

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