December 8, 1893, Li Hongzhang established a Western-styled school attached to the Tianjin Hospital. Li is a representative figure among the late Qing officials that believed in Western medicine. Furthermore, he pushed the establishment of educational and clinical organizations, thus substantially contributed to Western medicine in China. Li first encountered Western medicine via the experience of his wife's treatment by British physicians. For details you may refer to our Bulletin: Wang Hsiu-yun, "Refusing Male Physicians: The Gender and Body Politics of Missionary Medicine in China, 1870s-1920s".
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