Editorials and Medical Intelligence

1839 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
enormity against common sense and female delicacy is perpetrated. Sincerely shall we rejoice to find that we have been misinformed by the reports in question. -the object being to make us acquainted with the benevolent efforts which are making in a distant part of the globe by missionary physicians. The Chinese are most wretchedly served by the native practitioners, who being ignorant of the circulation of the blood, and unacquainted with the anatomy of the human body, are wholly unfit to
more » ... olly unfit to prescribe medicine. In surgery they absolutely know nothing, if reliance is to be placed on the representation of those who have had opportunities for investigation. On the 21st of February, 1838, not quite a year ago, a public meeting was called by T. R. Colledge, Esq., and the Rev. P. Parker, at Canton, for the purpose of organizing a Medical Missionary Society, which seems to have been a considerable time in contemplation. The object in view by the Society is to encourage gentlemen of the medical profession to go to China and practise gratuitously among the people, by affording the usual aid of hospitals, medicines and attendants. From the very beginning, the support or remuneration of medical men was not contemplated by the association. Persons subscribing fifteen dollars annually, are members during the continuance of the subscription ; donors to the amount of one hundred dollars at one time, are members for life ; and donors of five hundred dollars at a time, constitute the directors for life. Not far from nine thousand dollars have thus far been subscribed. 'Before the formation of the Society, it seems that Mr. Colledge was the owner of a medical establishment at Macao, for it was resolved " that the said building be accepted by this Society, on the liberal terms of Mr. Colledge's offer-and that the trustees be authorized to take the necessary steps for the transfer of the property." One individual who has given a decided character to the institution, and whose name has been widely circulated as a bold and successful practitioner, is the Rev. Peter Parker, an American Missionary. His motto, like that of his Christian associates, is " heal the sick." " We have called ours a missionary society," say the committee appointed to draw up an address, " because we trust it will advance the cause of missions, and because we want men to fill our institutions, who, to requisite skill and experience, add the self-denial and high moral qualities which are usually looked for in a missionary. Men of eminent qualifications and tried character are ¡"dispensable for the successful prosecution of the work. b urther-» By the employment of such an agency, the way will
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