Plague Fighter: The autobiography of a modern Chinese physician. Wu Lien-Teh

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Wu Lien-Teh
2014. Areca Books
Hard cover. 23.2cm x 15.6cm, 712 pages
ISBN 9789675719141
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Plague Fighter

Known as the ‘Plague Fighter’ and ‘the man who beat the Black Death’, Dr. Wu Lien-Teh (1879—1960) laid the foundations of the modern medical service in China. The son of a Taishan migrant from China, he was born in Penang and attended the Penang Free School. Winning a Queen’s scholarship, he became the first medical student of Chinese descent to be educated at Cambridge, where he graduated from Emmanuel College with string of prizes. Returning to Malaya, he undertook research into the debilitating beriberi disease and engaged in social reforms, founding the Anti-Opium Society. It was in northern China that he cemented his global fame, working to curtail the spread of Manchurian Plague which claimed over 60,000 lives in 1910-1911. He became the first president of the Chinese Medical Association and served as physician extraordinary to successive presidents of China. He established some twenty medical institutions in China including Harbin Medical College, Peking Central Hospital and the National Quarantine Service, Shanghai. He co-authored the acclaimed History of Chinese Medicine (1932) and was nominated for the Nobel Prize in 1935. He spent his later life in his native Malaya — first in Ipoh, and then in Penang — and his death made headlines around the world.

First published in 1959, this edition of Wu Lien-Teh’s autobiography, reprinted for the Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Society, Penang, will acquaint a new generation of readers with this great man’s life and work.

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The book launch. (Image: SS Quah)

In the News

“Dr Wu spent time training in the top bacteriological labs, and was the foremost expert on plague in the world, up till the late 1930s,” David Luesink, assistant professor in East Asian History at the University of Pittsburgh.

Read the full article on David Luesink’s Talk about Dr Wu Lien Teh in The Star Online HERE!

Table of Contents

Black Death

Aftermath of the Plague

Fundamentals of Pneumonic Plague Research

Three Pneumonic Plague Epidemics Compared

Childhood and Schooldays

Cambridge and St. Mary’s

First Impressions of Europe

First Return to Malaya

Introduction to Chinese Official Life

Peking Days

The Revolution and its Consequences

Medical Progress Despite Chaos

Manchurian Plague Prevention Service

National Quarantine Service

Anti-Cholera and Other Health Campaigns

Building Hospitals in China

The Narcotic Problem

Missionary Efforts in China

Attending International Conferences

Observations on Various Lands

Chinese versus Western Medical Practice

Malaya and Malayans

Family Life

Be Contented—Live Long

Appendix A: List of the delegates attending the International Plague Conferences

Appendix B: List of Important Publications of the Manchurian Plague Prevention Service

Appendix C: National Quarantine Servie Reports

Index of Chinese Persons

Index of Non-Chinese Persons

Select Bibliography

Obituary, The Times, 27 January 1960

About The Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Society

Media articles

In 1911, another epidemic swept through China. That time, the world came together

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How Malaysian plague fighter Wu Lien-teh laid down lessons for Wuhan virus

Wu Lien-Teh: Malaysia’s little-known plague virus fighter

WU LIEN-TEH The Father of Modern Medicine in China

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Weight 1300 g
Dimensions 23.2 × 15.6 × 4.4 cm


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