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Series EN 036

on Mon, 03/06/2017 - 10:54
Surgery in The Old Time
Surgery in The Old Time

What made astonishing for Jing Bing was the surgical operation where the sick patient was put in bed  and the surgeon opened the sick part of the body and healed. He never know this treatment before. But it was very unfortunate for the young chirugijn (surgeon), they made a lot of failure that ends in death. Only doctor Samuel Christiaan Kriel a graduate from Leiden university was a top surgeon. Although he was still young but has a lot of experience. He was a good doctor, very humble and happy to be friends with everyone, including with Jing Bing. He was still single and had just one year arrived in Batavia.

The Chinese Hospital was very disciplined as doctor Jan de Put realized discipline was the base of health. Visiting hours for the sick was only before noon at 10 to 11 am and afternoon at 4 to 6 pm. Many families of inpatients who want to stay in the hospital always be rejected for they made the hospital dirty and uncomfortable. Jing Bing was highly respected sinshe, in addition to rarely smile also very firm. Probably because of his language problem, Jing Bing said little and indeed since in Fujian he rarely spoke with the patient. At night, the limited number of hospital workers took turns to look after the patients. Jing Bing sometimes had to wake up when there were patients dying because the critical illness of the patients occurs.

One thing that was difficult in the recent month, was drug provision. Powerful medicine from China suddenly prohibited by the Dutch together with the banning of the newcomers. The drugs that usually came from Canton was difficult to be found. At the Chinese hospital this medicine is very salable and necessary because the Chinese have more confidence in traditional medicine then the drug from Europe. Meanwhile herbal medicines such as jamu, herbs, also available as local product.

In addition to surgery patients were given opium to relieve the pain. Other medications such as cough syrups produced from wine was widely available in Batavia. Indeed, patients were prohibited from bringing wine but for those who cough were given wine. Typically for diarrhea patients were given a tonic to keep him fresh. Surprisingly, the doctor also gave the tea leaves to the patients abdominal pain because they considered the tea leaves could cure stomach pain.