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September 9, 1961

China Doctor: The Life Story of Harry Willis Miller

JAMA. 1961;177(10):730-731. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040360066027

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The AMA, with its new Department of International Health, is focusing interest on aid to medical missionaries. This book concerns one of the most prominent missionaries in the medical field. In this review it would not be the best use of space to recount the many vicissitudes of a young physician whose missionary zeal leads him to China soon after the turn of the century. The book, although it could be in better literary style, accurately recounts life and its environment (sanitation descriptions are especially vivid) as it was in these years on this remote part of the globe. The important thing to the reader is accurate depiction of Chinese life and culture which helps one to understand today's problems which are at least equally pressing. It should also be said that Dr. Miller's medical efforts were felt at all levels in the Chinese social hierarchy. His medical missionary efforts

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