By Liang Kaixin | Posted: 21 September 2010
BEIJING : A book on Chinese plague fighter Wu Lienteh was launched in Beijing on Tuesday to mark the 50th anniversary of his death.
A Chinese SARS survivor who came across Dr Wu’s work was moved into finding out more about the disease-fighter’s life.
Five years on, that research has culminated in a book.
Speaking at the book launch in Beijing, Lee Luer recalled how she nearly lost her life to SARS in 2003.
This sparked her interest in infectious disease, which led to her discovery of the late Dr Wu.
One of his most illustrious work was in Harbin 100 years ago.
His modern approach in dealing with the plague outbreak – such as quarantine of patients and cremation of infected corpses – even won him the accolade of the first Chinese nominee for the Nobel Prize.
At the launch, Dr Wu’s granddaughter Marie, also flew in to Beijing from the United States to announce the donation of Dr Wu’s old house for historical preservation.
The donation was made to the Chinese Medical Society, which was founded by Dr Wu.