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August 24, 1957


JAMA. 1957;164(17):1968-1969. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.62980170058018a

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Every Friday morning, in the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong, a former mine layer, the Ling Hong, emerges from amidst the hill city's fantastic floating population—200,000 living on sampans and junks—and heads out into the bay. Aboard is a graduate of the University of Chicago Medical School, Dr. Olaf K. Skinsnes, one of the many American doctors who are serving in a wide variety of capacities overseas. In an hour and 10 minutes he will reach his goal. It is a leper island known as Hay Ling Chau—the Isle of Happy Healing—the result of a cooperative effort that is testament, in part, to his concern and affection for the Chinese people among whom he lives and works.

Dr. Skinsnes was born in China, the son of medical missionary parents. He grew up and went to school there until the time arrived to go away to college. He came to

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