Beyond the Stone Arches: An American Missionary Doctor in by Edward Bliss

By Edward Bliss

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"Now the area can proportion the lifetime of this nice guy. In its intimate element, this can be a interesting tale that serves as a useful creation to the folk of a rustic so vital to us today."-Walter Cronkite

"A attention-grabbing examine China from the perspective of an American scientific missionary, this soaking up lifetime of a quiet hero jewelry with authenticity and sheds gentle at the turbulent years from the past due 1800s to 1932 that may be a revelation for many Western readers."-Adeline Yen Mah, writer of Falling Leaves

"This is a proud man's tale of a father who lived a lifetime of a scientific missionary in China for 40 years-a lifetime of carrier, sacrifice, pleasure, and achievement. The pages flip simply and fast with humor, care, and love. it is a jewel of a ebook that may stay with you forever."-Jim Lehrer, the inside track Hour

"A small gem. Edward Bliss embarked, opposed to nice odds, on a extraordinary variety of actions aimed toward enhancing the livelihood of universal humans. He used to be a veritable one-man Peace Corps. His is an inspiring tale that warms the center and enriches the soul."-H. T. Huang, writer of technological know-how and Civilization in China

"It took 3 years for Edward Bliss, M.D., to ascend the Min River in a convoy of 3 river junks in 1893, averaging fourteen miles an afternoon. This was once his first journey to Shaowu, which grew to become his domestic for forty-two years, a tumultuous and hazardous time and position. His son tells the tale of his father's existence and paintings in attention-grabbing element, drawing on a trove of letters and wide interviews together with his father."-Donald MacInnis, former Methodist missionary and China software Director, nationwide Council of Churches/USA

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Farmers armed themselves with spears and killed him. At daybreak, two mauled, bleeding men appeared at the compound gate and asked for the new foreign doctor. The shoulder muscles of one of them had been shredded by the bear’s claws, and all Edward could do was pour iodine over the raw mass and bind it with gauze. The other man’s face had been torn so that a flap of skin lay open, exposing his teeth. The bear had made a clean tear, and the cheek was neatly sewed up. Edward was so thankful for his first patients that he did not think of charging for his services.

Writing later, he called the filth indescribable. No sewage system existed. Men carried human feces, stored to a ripe putrescence, out to the fields in wooden buckets. Other slop was emptied into the streets, which were without sidewalks. And walking with the Walkers from the landing, Edward found himself, like them, stepping gingerly to avoid the excrement of pigs. As they turned into East Gate Street he heard a cry almost at his feet. Startled, he saw a toothless old man, squatted on the ground, caressing a snake.

He was able because of his reputation to earn as he studied. Dr. Henry L. Swain, who lectured at the medical school, had a large private practice, and he asked the young intern to assist him in surgery. Edward, at the same time, was earning money as assistant instructor in physiological chemistry. He not only paid his own expenses during the year of internship and repaid the sizable debt to his father, but saved a hundred dollars besides. ” He expressed this conviction in his letter of application to the mission board in 1891.

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