By Guangqiu Xu
conventional chinese language drugs built over millions of years, yet alterations brought from 1835-1935 via American missionary medical professionals initiated a landslide of cultural revolution within the urban of Canton and clinical modernization all through China. targeting scientific missionaries’ rules and ways in a critical urban of the interval, Canton, Guangqiu Xu, a local of Canton, describes the long term effect of yankee types of clinical paintings, that are nonetheless in position in China today.
regardless of stiff resistance to alter and chinese language suspicion of overseas rules, the impression of yankee scientific missionaries was once profound. They opened scientific faculties, informed glossy medical professionals, and promoted public future health schooling. those ameliorations in flip resulted in significant social activities within the modernization of Canton, similar to the women’s rights flow, sleek charity and welfare platforms, and smooth hygiene campaigns.
This publication makes a speciality of the alterations American medical professionals delivered to Canton, their implementation, what continues to be in their effect at the present time, and the way a few of these variations have unfold throughout China. It indicates that the chinese language have themselves develop into extra attentive to cultural kin with the U.S. as a part of the reputation of those alterations, and demonstrates how the original combination of contemporary Western and conventional chinese language medicinal drugs has helped modernize China and make Canton the cradle of contemporary reform and revolution in China.
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49 This American missionary hospital helped treat about 200 soldiers of Mao Zedong’s Communist Red Army during the Long March of 1934-35 when they were marching on Lianzhou. 50 Yangjiang In 1886, Dr. Thomson made Macao his headquarters but practiced medicine as much as he could, setting up a clinic at Yangjiang, a seaport on the western coast and a city 200 miles southwest of Canton. In the beginning, posters were put up against the missionaries and some hostility was revealed, but no fighting occurred.
Kerr, visiting the clinic twice a week until 1864, was welcomed by the people, and had opportunities to pass on some knowledge of Western medicine. The clinic was closed later by Dr. Kerr, and in 1881, the London medical missionaries took it over and turned it into a hospital. 40 Zhaoqing Reverend R. H. Graves of the Southern Baptist Convention of America opened a dispensary in Canton in 1856 after arriving in China in 1855. Dr. 41 In February 1861, Dr. Graves made great progress when launching another outpatient station at Zhaoqing, the old capital of Guangdong Province, situated on the West River, 60 miles upriver from Canton.
The surgery consisted of three main lines, operations on eyes, lithotomies (removals of stones), and removal of tumors (including ovarian cysts). Dr. Parker carried out a large number of operations for the removal of cataracts on children and adult patients, including a case of double cataract in a child of five years old.
American doctors in Canton : modernization in China, 1835-1935 by Guangqiu Xu