Anti-Christian Movement

Demonstration, Persuasion and Rumor: Medical Missions to Nineteenth-Century China

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This paper examines the controversies aroused by western medical missionaries in China. The missionaries utilized surgical proceedings with dramatic effects to facilitate the conversion of the Chinese. However, the emphasis on the miraculous aspects of western surgery had its danger. Many Chinese identified the missionary medics as witch doctors. The Chinese anti-missionary propaganda repeatedly claimed that the missionaries gouged out the eyes of the Chinese for their practice of alchemy, and took away the organs of the natives to produced magic pills and opium.

Taiwanese Journal for Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine, Number 8
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