- Publisher: Nobel Press (Jan. 1 1918)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1275309763
- ISBN-13: 978-1275309760
- ASIN: B00413QH0O
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 404 g
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May 25, 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
This account--a blending of several women physicians' experiences in early 20th century China, including that of the author--has a psychological depth and beauty of description that could be said to be unmatched: a young idealistic American studies medicine and goes to China to heal individual ills and to assist in bettering society there. This is her mission; it is religiously founded and humanely carried out. The author--and consequently the reader--has great sympthy/empathy for the people portrayed: there is no condescension of the "enlightened Westerner" toward those whose knowledge comes from a different base. Yes, scientifically, she has much to offer but she is also willing to learn. The description of Shanghai and its surroundings are so realistic that the reader almost hears the beating of drums, the ringing of bells, and sees the light of lanterns, feels the closeness of people. But into this dedicated life of service comes a young man, fully suportive of this young woman's ideals and efforts yet, at the same time, with a different life plan. Plus ca change, etc! The young doctor confronts her dreams and her newly discovered emotions. It could be 2014! Career and/or marriage. Her way? His way? Our way? It is a beautifully written story.