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Wartime Medical Cooperation across the Pacific: Wilder Penfield and the Anglo-American Medical Missions to the Soviet Union and China, 1943-1944

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Title: Wartime Medical Cooperation across the Pacific: Wilder Penfield and the Anglo-American Medical Missions to the Soviet Union and China, 1943-1944
Authors: Avery, Donald
Issue Date: Jul 2000
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: Avery D. 2000. Wartime medical cooperation across the Pacific: Wilder Penfield and the Anglo-American medical missions to the Soviet Union and China, 1943-1944. Pac Sci 54(3): 289-298.
Abstract: In July 1943, Wilder Penfield, an internationally renowned Canadian
neurosurgeon, led a high-profile group of Anglo-American surgeons in a
3-week tour of Soviet medical facilities and battlefield hospitals. This venture
paved the way for other medical missions, both Allied and Soviet, and the communication
of medical information. This was followed by a mission to China,
to provide assistance to the government of Chiang Kai-shek. The most important
connection was, however, between Western medical scientists and their
counterparts in the Soviet Union, a relationship that lasted until the advent of
the Cold War. In this paper the exchange is examined, and it is argued that the
surgical mission was a major catalyst in the creation of an extensive system of
wartime medical interchange, which inspired hope for future cooperation in the
postwar world.
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/529
ISSN: 0030-8870
Appears in Collections:Pacific Science Volume 54, Number 3, 2000



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