Family of late Dr Wu Lien-Teh donates medical notes to NLB



The family of the late medical pioneer Dr Wu Lien-Teh has donated his work – “The History of Chinese Medicine” – to the National Library Board.
Dr Wu, a Malaysian, was known as the “plague fighter” for his contributions to medical preventive theory and practical procedures.

He led a group of doctors who successfully contained the 1910 pneumonic plague in Manchuria that killed some 60,000 people.

Dr Wu’s book is the only one that traces the history of Chinese medicine, written in English.

The book has also been donated to various universities, hospitals and research institutes including the Joseph Needham Research Institute in Cambridge.

It is hoped that the wealth of information will help other medical practitioners with their work on plague control, quarantine services and Chinese modern medicine.

Channel NewsAsia also did a documentary on Dr Wu ” The Plague Fighter ” . It won a bronze at the China Dragon Awards.


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