Friday, 29 January 2010

Malay Poisons and Charm Cures

Malay Poisons and Charm Cures (Oxford in Asia Paperbacks)
John Desmond Gimlette
Oxford University Press,South East Asia (1972), Edition: 3rd Revised edition, Paperback, 314 pages
ISBN 0196381509

Reading this currently... loaded with information, have to read real slowly and use my diary and laptop to take down notes. Here's what I have on the author off-hand, deep in my memory.

USM Library Call Number:

WB50
JM2 G491
1971


Here are the details of the book:

JOHN D. GIMLETTE
MALAY POISONS AND CHARM CURES.
OXFORD IN ASIA PAPERBACKS
OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS 1971
FIRST PUBLISHED IN 1915
REPRINTED IN 'OXFORD IN ASIA PAPERBACKS' 1971
THIRD IMPRESSION 1981
ISBN 019 638 150 9

PRINTED IN MALAYSIA BY AMPANG PRESS SDN BHD
AMPANG JAYA, SELANGOR

PUBLISHED BY OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, 3, JALAN 13/3
PETALING JAYA, SELANGOR, MALAYSIA

Update 21-22 August 2012:
There are many versions of the book Malay Poisons and Charm Cures:
  1. First published 1915
  2. Third edition, 1929
  3. Reprinted 1971
  4. Third Revised edition, 1972
  5. Third Impression 1981
  6. There is a 2011 version of the book by Thailand available from Select Books: http://www.selectbooks.com.sg

Dr John Desmond Gimlette

Dr John Desmond Gimlette (Dr JD Gimlette) was a British doctor in Kuala Krai, Kelantan, Non Federated Malay States, British Malaya.

I haven't got a date yet on his services rendered. There is Padang Gimlette in Kuala Krai named after him. There may be many more as he was a famous British doctor in Kelantan and British Malaya.

The British Association of Malaya and Singapore (BAM) has a photo of Dr JD Gimlette and a description of his departure. http://janus.lib.cam.ac.uk
A group photograph of European officials, medical staff and orderlies gathered to say farewell to J.D. Gimlette. Others present were Mr and Mrs William Langham-Carter. The precise date of Gimlettes departure has not been determined, but this photograph must have been taken prior to August 1915, when Langham-Carter departed on furlough (long leave). Dr L.H. Taylor took over from Gimlette.

The British Association of Malaya and Singapore has a photo of Dr JD Gimlette and a description of his contact with the Kelantan royal family, with whom he had contact with the royal Malay traditional doctor (tabib sultan) and then wrote his book, Malay Poisons and Charm Cures. The sultan at the time was Sultan Muhammad IV.

The photos shows a group of the Kelantan royal family and British officials posed at an unidentified function. From left to right (first figure unidentified): Dr John Desmond GIMLETTE (1867-); Medical Officer, Malaya 1896-circa 1922; served in Kelantan 1909-circa 1916; Sultan MUHAMMAD IV; William LANGHAM-CARTER; The Raja Kelantan, Later Sultan ISMAIL; Tuanku Seri Indra, later Sultan IBRAHIM. http://janus.lib.cam.ac.uk

Important names to note in Kelantan History:
  1. Dr John Desmond Gimlette (b.1867-deceased), Medical Officer, Malaya 1896-c.1922; served in Kelantan 1909-c.1916
  2. Sultan Muhammad IV of Kelantan (r.1900-1920) (link to Sultan Kelantan)
  3. William Langham-Carter, British Adviser in Kelantan 1913-1916
  4. Tengku Ismail, later Raja Kelantan, later Sultan Ismail (r.1920-1943)
  5. Tuanku Seri Indra, later Sultan Ibrahim (r.1945-1960)


Muzium Kelantan

According to Muzium Kelantan, Carter had given his photo albums to the Sultan of Kelantan for safekeeping - this was before/after/close to the flood of 1913. The Sultan of Kelantan then gave the photo albums to the Muzium.

Dr JD Gimlette, Mr Carter and Dr LH Taylor were photographed together during a flood - probably their last moments experiencing the flood before they all left Kelantan for good.

"Doctor's carriage" before 1915. Photo from Muzium Kelantan.
Could this be Dr JD Gimlette, wife and daughter?
British doctors in a flood in Kelantan. Photo from Muzium Kelantan.
Same flood as above in Kelantan. Photo from Muzium Kelantan,

There was a newspaper article on Bah Merah (the big flood). It featured the British doctors during the flood (as shown above). I can't locate the article yet.

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