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From Chinese to Western Medicine: Development of Healthcare in Hong Kong

From Chinese to Western Medicine: Development of Healthcare in Hong Kong

Date: 2020/12/5 (Saturday)
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Speaker: Dr. LAW Yuen Han (Lecturer, Department of History, Hong Kong Baptist University)
Organiser: Jointly organised with the TWGHs Records and Heritage Office
Remarks: Conducted in Cantonese via video recording without live audience.
(The link for the video recording will be announced soon.)
Enquiry Telephone Number: 2770 0867

Tung Wah Hospital was founded in 1870 to provide free Chinese medical treatment to the people. Yet, Hong Kong government officials were sceptical of the effectiveness of Chinese medical treatment. To make things worse, during the plague of Hong Kong in 1894, the hospital was unable to diagnose patients infected with the plague in time. As a result, the Hong Kong government assigned a Chinese practitioner of western medicine to Tung Wah Hospital. The doctor offered western medical treatment to patients and western medicine began to develop in Tung Wah Hospital. After the Second World War, western medicine was mainly used to treat patients in Tung Wah Hospital. This talk examines the development of western medicine in Hong Kong through the shift of medical treatment in Tung Wah.