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Samuel Reynold House of Siam: Pioneer Medical Missionary       1847-1876

  ISBN : 9789744801210
  WL Order Code :  E22573
  Price :  US$17.00
  Bangkok 2007, repr. from 1924; )
  256 pp., 150 x 210 mm Weight  0.380 kg
  Feltus, George Haws; Samuel Reynold House of Siam: Pioneer Medical Missionary 1847-1876
  Update list on : 2016-12-29
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This book gives us a record of life at the time of King Mongkut’s rule and the beginning of King Chulalongkorn’s reign. Dr House traveled extensively and we see Siam through the eyes of a missionary who also practiced medicine. He describes his encounters with other missionaries and the not so numerous other foreigners living in Siam at that time. His medical profession gave him access to many Thais whom he would otherwise not have met. During the cholera epidemic of 1849, he started vaccinating children, a novelty in Thailand at that time. He gives a vivid description of the situation in Bangkok with daily numbers of deaths. Around the middle of the 19th century, Chiang Mai was not yet fully colonized by Bangkok and still had some independence. It was called Laos. The King of Lanna (or Laos) at that time was not in favor of missionaries and tried to suppress them. However, at the instructions of King Mongkut, he had to allow them to work because he had to follow orders from Bangkok. Nevertheless, he decreed that they were not allowed to teach religion or to convert anyone to Christianity. The value of books by missionaries is that they shed some light on otherwise ignored events. The essential material in this book has been drawn from the letters and journal of Dr House and supplemented by correspondence with various individuals connected with the principal persons mentioned.

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