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Book on Malay Medical Pioneers Takes Up Their Role in Shaping National History
Faridah A. Rashid chronicles the few good men who practised medicine in obedience to Islam to reach the “bottom billion” of their suffering masses
KELANTAN, Malaysia – (Release Date TBD) – Faridah Abdul Rashid fills in an important gap in Malayan history with her treatise on early Muslim doctors who worked in British Malaya (now Malaysia), Singapore and other parts of Southeast Asia. In no wise does her book neglect faith in favour of the secular nature of modern medicine. Thus, while Biography of the Early Malay Doctors 1900-1957 Malaya and Singapore is a chronicle of doctor graduates from King Edward VII College of Medicine in Singapore and the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, it is also a study in the interaction of faith and healing as these doctors practised grassroots rural medicine to reach “the bottom billion.”
The doctors in this book were the first Malayans and Singaporeans to practise modern medicine. Yet there were less than 60 of them from 1911 to 1957 before Merdeka or Malayan independence. Their significance lies in their providing the groundwork for the Malaysian health system, which is numbered among the world’s most enlightened and progressive health programmes. The said doctors built prayer rooms in hospitals for patients as well as immunized patients.
Another vital part of the history of these medical pioneers was the belief of many people in their capabilities to lead, not just in helping provide good health. Thus, beyond faith and medicine, they were obliged to lead in the political enlightenment of their people. Some of them were stalwarts of the Malaysian independence movement.
The Malaysian health system today operates with a big budget, but it started out with a group of people who became part of the agency of humanitarian change for their suffering masses. The system still proudly practises this part of their history today.
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About the Author
Faridah Abdul Rashid was born in Malacca, Malaysia. She grew up and attended schools in Malaysia and completed the Malaysian Certificate of Education (MCE) in 1975. She attended universities overseas and holds a double BA in Microbiology (with distinction) and Chemical Sciences from California State University (1980), MSc in Biochemistry from the University of California, Riverside (1982) and PhD from the University of Western Australia, Perth (1990). She has received prestigious financial, academic and merit awards locally and internationally. She is a lecturer in biochemistry at the School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Health Campus in Kubang Kerian, Kelantan in Malaysia. Her teaching career began in 1982. She has taught medical biochemistry to medical undergraduates and postgraduates in addition to medical laboratory technologists and nurses. Drawing on her passion in local history and zest in computers, she was compelled to teach subjects pertaining to medical bioethics, history of medicine and research on telehealth.
Biography of the Early Malay Doctors 1900-1957 Malaya and Singapore* by Faridah Abdul Rashid
Publication Date: November 21, 2012
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