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There will be special opening hours for all branches of Hong Kong Public Libraries on the day following the Chung Yeung Festival (26th October 2020). Please refer to the Library Notice for details.

Hong Kong Public Libraries to be reopened from 29 September resuming normal opening hours

The Hong Kong Central Library (HKCL), six major libraries and 31 district libraries have been reopened earlier (17 Sep).  From 29 September, all other 32 small libraries and mobile libraries will resume service. All reopened public libraries and their students’ study rooms will resume normal opening hours. To help ensure public safety, libraries will continue to implement precautionary measures, including arrangement of cleaning sessions. Please refer to the Details.

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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
Venue: Hong Kong Central Library (Lecture Theatre)
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. Free admission by reservation. Reservations for the talk starts on 17.11.2020 (Tuesday) and can be made by calling Tung Wah Museum at 2770 0867 (9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., except Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays). Seats are limited. Each person may reserve two seats for each talk. First-come-first-served.
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.