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At a Glance
Notes and transcripts of articles, some in Chinese periodicals, health reports, etc. relating to medicine in China, to Chinese beliefs on health and medical matters, and to folk legends and beliefs in Chinese and Japanese culture. Included also are a group of printed pamphlets and articles on medicine.
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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Edward H. Hume papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Medical Library. Method of acquisition--Transfer; Date of acquisition--01/--/58. Accession number--M-58-01.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 07/--/89.
Processed by YH, December 2021.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Edward Hicks Hume (Chinese: 胡美) was born on May 13, 1876 in Ahmednagar, India. Son of a school principal, Hume was educated in classics but was finally persuaded by his father to study medicine. After graduating from Yale and Johns Hopkins, in 1903 he married Helen Charlotta Carswell (1876 - 1976), later known as Lotta Carswell Hume. Hume practiced medicine in Bombay from 1903 until 1905, when he joined the Yale mission in China. The following year he founded the Yale hospital in Changsha 長沙, Hunan 湖南. In 1914 he founded the Yale-Hunan (Xiangya 湘亞) Medical College, and three years later he helped found the Yale-China hospital. He also served as President of the Colleges of Yale-in-China from 1923 until 1926, when he resigned due to a dispute over policy and returned to the United States. From 1934 to 1937 he returned to East Asia, promoting greater Chinese involvement in missionary medical work. He died on February 9, 1957 in Wallingford, NH. Hume published a number of books during his lifetime, including The Chinese Way in Medicine (1940) and Doctors East Doctors West (1946). Hume's cousin Robert Earnest Hume, 1877 - 1948, was a faculty member of Union Theological Seminary in New York City from 1914 to 1943.