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The somnolence of the Orient, and the luxuriance of its maladies,-this tells of many curious medical and personal histories encountered by an American surgeon there, first in Siam, then in French Indo-China. Fascinated with the rich pathology of tropical medicine, and the many strange to sympathetically moving cases he was to treat, May has collected here the more provocative of his experiences. There was the new and not too young bridegroom who was poisoned by the aphrodisiac in which he indulged; the diplomacy and prim protocol which surrounded his attendance on a Royal Princess; a rampant cholera epidemic in Hanoi; a home which housed a snake farm; and there were the many killers with which he contended, malaria and blackwater fever, intestinal parasites, opium, tumors- heavier than their victims, leprosy, venereal disease, etc. etc. and the superstition as well as the stoicism of the natives... Not as impressive an account as Burma Surgeon, this is for some of that market and is highly readable.

Pub Date: June 23rd, 1949
Publisher: Doubleday