To Heal The Sick, The Story of Healthcare and Doctors in Penang


Ong Hein Teik
Penang Medical Practioners, 2011
Hardcover, 31 cm x 22 cm, 222 pages
ISBN 9789839901856

Product Description


It was said that a surgeon Mr JS Mangennis was on one of the three ships that originally landed with Captain Francis Light. It was also carefully recorded that of the 17 Europeans with Francis Light, there was no physician or engineer. Thus, it is not clear whether Mr Mangennis was a fully trained doctor or surgeon or whether he was a surgeon-barber: In the early days, as barbers become more skilled, they progressed from cutting hair to cut other parts of their clients’s body, and were recognized as surgeons. From “The Early Years

Although the Peruvians and Chinese had known since the seventeenth century that the cinchona bark is good for treating malaria (its extract quinine is used even today), the early British physicians in Penang condemned this form of treatment. Drs Ward and Grant, two eminent doctors with the East India Company, proudly reported in remarkable detail how they bled, purged and gave lots of mercury to the patients with malaria in the settlement. Despite all the efforts of the doctors, not all malaria patients died in nineteenth century Penang! From “The battle against infection

I questioned a patient who had tetanus. . . I also said that we found a chicken’s feather in her vagina because one of the commonest method of inducing an abortion was to use a feather to cause bleeding so that they could come and have a D&C; that was how the woman got tetanus. Thereupon, she told me “Yes, I remember: I was squatting and feeding the chicken and the feather flew inside.” From “The early years of surgery in Penang


Table of Contents

Preface to revised edition
Message to Singapore Alumni
Preface to first edition

Chapter 1
The Early Years: A Struggle For Survival
Traditional Healing Methods

Chapter 2
The Battle Against Infection

Chapter 3
Opium Addiction in Penang and Malaya (1786-1941)

Chapter 4
Men of Their Era: Two Doctors, Two Legacies
– The Plague Fighter
– Dr Ong Chong Keng

Chapter 5
Turbulent Times: The Japanese Occupation
– Memoirs of a Doctor
– Medical Students During the Japanese Invasion of Singapore, 1941-1942
– PMPS Golden Jubilee Speech
– He was a Flying Tiger
– War Memories

Chapter 6
The 1950′s and Beyond: We Remember
– He Was Made a Knight
– The ‘Lo-Koon’ of Yesteryear
– In A Twinkling of An Eye
– Medical Practice – The Changing Trend
– Life of a General Practitioner in the Island of Penang in 1970′s – A Personal Perspective
– Vision Built Under an Attap Roof
– Medical Services in South-West District of Penang
– Memories of Mount Miriam Hospital from 1976-2003
– Medical Reminiscences from 1960
– Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Penang A Personal Memoir
– A Medical Beckham in Penang 1959-1961
– Pulau Jerejak in 1961
– Reminiscences and Observations of a Consultant Surgeon of a career spanning over 50 years
– The Early Days of Ophthalmology in Penang
– Surgical Tales and Stories
– Reminiscences of a Cardiologist
– The Development of Open-heart Surgery in Penang
– An Innovation Long Overdue
– Nephrology Services in Penang
– A Brief History of Neurology Services in Penang
– Reminiscences of a Neurosurgeon
– Early Anaesthesia in Penang: Recollections
– My Early Anaesthesia Experiences in Penang: 1971-1976

Chapter 7
Training New Doctors
– The Beginning of Medical Education in the Region
– The First Medical School in Penang
– History of Penang Medical College
– Changing Trends of Medical Practice in Malaysia

Chapter 8
The Medical Organisations
– The Birth of a Society
– An Interview with Dr Lim Chong Eu
– The Malaysian Medical Association and Penang

Chapter 9
The Hospitals
– A Brief History of GMC, Penang
– Hospital Lam Wah Ee
– Island Hospital
– The Penang Adventist Hospital
– Pantai Hospital

Chapter 10
Penang Medicine in the Twenty-First Century





Additional Information

Weight 1401 g
Dimensions 31.1 x 22.9 x 1.8 cm