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Conference/ Symposium

A Symposium: Plague, Traditional and "Imperial" Medicine - Exploring 130 Years of History and More

25 OCT 2017


6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Lecture Theatre 1, Cheung Kung Hai Conference Centre, William MW Mong Block
Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences & HKU Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
A Symposium: Plague, Traditional and

The Symposium is to celebrate "130 Years of Medicine in Hong Kong" and the opening of the exhibition: "Health and Medicine in Hong Kong" at the Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences (HKMMS).



5:30pm Reception  |  6:00pm Symposium

Free Admission  |  Register here

Map & Direction


A shuttle bus will be available to transport attendees from HKU MTR station Exit A1 on Pokfulam Road to the venue at 5:20pm & 5:45pm on a first-come-first-served basis. 



Guest Speakers


"When Traditional Chinese Medicine Met Western Medicine: The Adaptive Role of Tung Wah Hospital between the 1870s and the 1920s"

Professor HO Pui Yin is Professor in the Department of History at CUHK, and Director of the Lee Woo Sing Hong Kong History Resource Centre of Shaw College. She is a social and economic historian who previously worked as a research consultant at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. She is a specialist in HK history, and will speak on 'the history and archives of the Tung Wah Hospitals'. Prof. Ho has been a leading researcher in the CUHK team that has studied the historical archives of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals over a number of years, and has authored a series of books introducing these archives and the historical development of the Tung Wah Group, as well being the author of the histories of many other Hong Kong institutions like the Hong Kong Observatory.  



"Dr Patrick Manson in China"

Dr LI Shang-jen from the Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, will speak on the subject of 'Patrick Manson' especially of his career in China before he came to Hong Kong. Dr. Li did his Ph.D on this topic at Imperial College, London, and was then a post-doctoral fellow in the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL. He is now a Research Fellow (professorial rank) in medical history at the Academia Sinica, Taiwan. 



"History and Anthroplogy of plague in China and Hong Kong"

Dr Christos LYNTERIS is a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Research in Art, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge. He has done a lot of research in this area as part of his European Research Council grant funded project on the 'Visual representation of the third Plague pandemic', including studying the source and natural reservoir of the disease, and the later pneumonic plague outbreak in Manchuria. Dr Lynteris will be going to Shanghai in October, and will be  stopping by in Hong Kong to join our CNE4 opening ceremony and take part in our symposium. Dr. Lynteris is going to take up a Senior Lectureship at St. Andrew's University in Autumn 2017. 



For any enquiries, please contact Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences at 2549 5123 or email to