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Journal of a Seaplane Cruise Around The World
Part Three: Asia

Tuesday, November 13

Calcutta to Moulmein The Ellen Mitchell Memorial Hospital. This was a real event! A chance to see what happens to all the pennies the kids turn in to the Sunday School missionaries, to find out why "ignorant foreigners" should be transmuted into "knowing Christians", and lots else. It consisted of several large wooden buildings, and we sat on the 2nd floor porch for a chat with the doctor, the assistant or director, and a nurse. All three were women. The doctor was A.B. Grey, Rush Med. School, a cousin of Ernest Grey who once held the Chief's residency post at the Brigham, and the A.T.C. Fellowship. She is a remarkably keen woman, not unattractive, pleasant, easy to talk with, and possessing a quick appreciation of a wide range of subjects. She seems to be extremely sound in medicine, interested in all problems as they come to her, and willing to shoulder the responsibility of even difficult emergencies if they fall upon her shoulders. She reminds me a little bit of Carrie Hall who also welcomes a difficult task. I like Dr. Grey, and could wish for no better care than in her hospital. Her assistants are Miss Maxville and a Nurse, Miss J. Dalean. The hospital is concerned mainly with obstetrics, the annual admissions running to 150. Mostly, the cases are the more difficult ones pushed hurriedly in from the country after something has gone wrong (transportation by boat). There is a nursing school of 40 girls, 10 to a class, and these are taught midwifery and nursing, so that the upcountry districts are gradually being sprinkled with safe midwives. Each girl delivers about 20 babies (I wish my University had given us half this many!), is taught in English, but I think is not required to change her gods. A certain amount of surgical work is done also, what with per. repairs, appendices, etc. Most major surgery is sent by train to Rangoon. The Baptists are strong in Burma, the Presbyterians in Siam . . . Many subjects were brought up: Malaria present in all its forms; kala azar never seen, diabetes rarely (Col. Knowles said that nearly every Bengalese develops diabetes at 40, and dies at 50, because of the one carbohydrate diet, rice). Perhaps we talked longer because of the thought of those beds back at the hotel.

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