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Prologue

  • Frank Ching
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Abstract

China ceded Hong Kong Island to Britain “in perpetuity” as a result of its defeat in the Opium War. In the early years, the island did not seem like much of a prize, with a mysterious “Hong Kong fever” taking a huge toll on the expatriate community. Nevertheless, the nascent colony grew rapidly, as both Chinese and foreigners flocked there seeking economic opportunities. The desire on the part of missionaries and medical men to impart western medical knowledge to Chinese eventually led to the creation of the Hong Kong College of Medicine for Chinese.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frank Ching
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  1. 1.Hong KongHong Kong

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