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John Kenneth Mackenzie, Medical Missionary to China

Mary F. Bryson [1855-1904], John Kenneth Mackenzie. Medical Missionary to ChinaJohn Kenneth Mackenzie [25 August 1850 – 1 April 1888] served with the London Missionary Society in China. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing me with a copy of the book to scan. This book is in the public domain.

Mary F. Bryson [1855-1904], John Kenneth Mackenzie. Medical Missionary to China. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1891. Hbk. pp.404. [Click to download complete book in PDF]


  • Preface
  1. Early Days
  2. Student Life and Voyage to China
  3. Life in Hankow
  4. Country Work and Persecution
  5. Light After Darkness
  6. Prejudice Overcome
  7. Lights and Shadows of Medical Mission Work
  8. Changes – A Northern Home
  9. The Power of Prayer
  10. Evangelistic Labours
  11. Chinese Medical School
  12. Signs of Progress
  13. Strange Phases of Chinese Life
  14. Glimpses of Inner Life
  15. Growing in Grace
  16. Last Things


  1. North China – New Hospital at Tien-sin
  2. A Medical Review of Dr. Mackenzie’s Work by F.C. Roberts, M.B., C.M.
  3. “The Evangelistic Side of a Medial Mission” by Dr Mackenzie, Contributed to “China Medical Missionary Journal,” Vol. i, No,1.
  4. “The Double Cure” by Dr. Mackenzie. Contributed to China “Medical Missionary Journal,” vol. ii, No. 1.


It was on the early morning of Easter Day 1888 that, after thirteen years of active service in China, Dr. Mackenzie was suddenly called to rest from his labours.

During this time he had been used by God in a wonderful way to overcome the great prejudice existing in China against Western medical science, and was the means of founding and conducting the first Government medical school in the Empire.

His labours, indeed, had no small share in giving that impetus towards foreign methods in medicine and surgery which has of late been so noticeable. But while thus singularly successful as a physician, it was in the consecration of all his powers to the attainment of a yet higher end than even the healing of bodily disease that Dr. Mackenzie was specially remarkable. [Continue reading]

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