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The Medical Missionary in China.
London. Hurst and Blackett. 1861. Attractive chromolithograph frontispiece titled the "Centre of the Bund Shanghai", xi + 404pp + 16 pages of publisher's advertisments, neatly stamped Bibliotheca Edinensis (the old Latin stamp from New College (School of Divinity), University of Edinburgh)t the lower corner of the title page, 2 other stamps both overstamped Withdrawn, small mark on spine where a small library label was but overall the library marking is very minimal. Occasional light spotting but generally very clean, closed tear in upper margin one leaf. Original blind stamped blue cloth worn with some minor loss on lower joint and at tail of spine. Mark on lower edge. Spine gilt a little dull. A good copy of an important book. 22.5 x 14cm. Cordier 1225. This excellent book by an exceptional man is well described by Dr James Hayes in his paper 'Shanghai before the Treaty Port Era' (Journal of HK Branch RAS, Vol.48, 2008). "Dr William Lockhart of the London Missionary Society, 1811-1896, has provided a masterly and remarkable account, in a book published in 1861 but covering his many years of medical work among the inhabitants of Shanghai and the surrounding districts. Everything is at first hand, succinct and precise, wide-ranging but also in detail. It makes a most valuable contribution to the history of Shanghai with excellent material on its climate and health, in both town and country, taken from the annual reports of his Chinese Hospital, 1844-1858, and with good descriptions of the sanitary state of the city.In a further note, Dr James Hayes added the following, Described as 'the Nestor of medical missions to China' (D. MacGillivray, A Century of Protestant missions in China, 1807-1907 (Shanghai, American Presbyterian Mission Press, 1907) p.4. Dr Lockhart arrived in Canton in 1838 as China's second medical missionary [the American Dr. Peter Parker being the first]. He was also in Macau and Batavia, in Chusan under British occupation, and arrived in Shanghai on the day the port was opened. The American medical missionary doctor, Charles Taylor (p. 79) called him the 'very skillful, and amazingly energetic English surgeon and physician, Doctor William Lockhart, to whom I was indebted, during the whole of my residence in Shanghai, for many professional and friendly courtesies'. J.M. Tronson, a visiting British naval officer, described Lockhart as 'Talented in his profession, kind and courteous to his patients', and 'being perfectly conversant with the Chinese language and its various dialects, he has gained the esteem and respect of all creeds and classes'. Tronson, p. 203. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 157273).
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