To Heal the Sick: The Story of Healthcare and Doctors in Penang 1786-2004
To Heal the Sick: The Story of Healthcare and Doctors inPenang 1786-2004 relates the struggle of the people andmedical practitioners in Penang to provide basic health servicefrom the late 18th century. Their plight and fight againstinfectious diseases, namely cholera, smallpox, malaria andplaque, was intriguing. Interesting historical facts werepresented in a light, witty manner with a good sense of humour.This book is replete with rare pictures of personalities thatshaped the medical history of Penang, as well as many placesof cultural and historical importance in Penang.
Through contribution of memoirs from various medicalpractitioners, there is a remarkably comprehensive accountof the cultural, social, environmental and political issues thathelp to mould the healthcare system of Penang. Their personalexperiences provide us with valuable insight into the Westerninfluence on the lifestyle of the people of Penang during theBritish colonial time, devastating impacts of Japaneseoccupation and threats of communism, opium war, politicalpersecutions of medical practitioners, and the courageous andselfless contributions of the medical heroes of Penang. (copied from article)