Guangqiu Xu's American doctors in Canton : modernization in China, PDF

By Guangqiu Xu

conventional chinese language medication built over millions of years, yet alterations brought from 1835-1935 through 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 primary urban of the interval, Canton, Guangqiu Xu, a local of Canton, describes the long term effect of yankee versions of clinical paintings, that are nonetheless in position in China today.

regardless of stiff resistance to alter and chinese language suspicion of international rules, the influence of yank scientific missionaries was once profound. They opened clinical faculties, proficient smooth medical professionals, and promoted public health and wellbeing schooling. those changes in flip ended in significant social events within the modernization of Canton, equivalent to the women’s rights flow, smooth charity and welfare structures, and smooth hygiene campaigns.

This publication specializes in the alterations American medical professionals delivered to Canton, their implementation, what continues to be in their effect this day, and the way a few of these variations have unfold throughout China. It indicates that the chinese language have themselves develop into extra conscious of cultural kin with the USA as a part of the attractiveness of those alterations, and demonstrates how the original mixture of recent Western and standard chinese language medications has helped modernize China and make Canton the cradle of contemporary reform and revolution in China.

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Xi Lian’s The Conversion of Missionaries: Liberalism in American Protestant Missions in China (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1997) is an account of one of the often neglected aspects of the Christian mission enterprise in China, namely, what impact did it have on the missionaries and their home churches. The author tells American Protestant missionaries’ stories in China, showing how their priorities changed from predominantly evangelical to humanitarian ones and making it clear that missionaries, like thoughtful Christians everywhere, had to make their peace treaties with the modern one by one, each in their own way.

Kerr. Dr. 42 30 The Canton Hospital and Its Impact on Chinese Society, 1835-1935 Dr. Graves reported that he started normal medical work at Zhaoqing, first in the back of a shop, then in better premises, and that three days of each month were arranged for taking care of outpatients while vaccinations were performed every Monday. According to Dr. Graves, a total of 3,060 visits were paid to the dispensary in 1861, about half of the patients suffering from eye diseases. 43 In 1862-3, the work at the two dispensaries continued; the attendance at Zhaoqing was somewhat less because Dr.

44 In 1882, Dr. 45 Lianzhou In 1883, the Reverend Joseph C. Thomson and Mrs. Thomson, with their infant son, made a pioneering trip to Lianzhou, 120 miles north of Canton, living for six months in a boat anchored close to the city. Dr. Thomson established a dispensary for the sick and a small school for boys, but it was very challenging because the Chinese were doubtful that the foreigners had come to help them. Due to the anti-foreign antagonism, American medical missionaries left and did not come back until the circumstances in Lianzhou were getting better in 1887.

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