Shaping the Health of Hong Kong

120 Years of Achievements


Edited by Chak-sing Lau, Daniel Tak-mao Chan, John Malcolm Nicholls, Nivritti Gajanan Patil, and Mai-har Sham

ISBN : 978-962-209-853-4

Medicine, Health Sciences, Public Health Distributed for The University of Hong Kong

December 2006

232 pages, 8.5″ x 12″, color illustrations throughout

  • HK$200.00

This book is published to mark the 120th anniversary of the Medical Faculty and of medical education in Hong Kong.

In 1887, the Hong Kong College of Medicine for Chinese was formally opened and held its inaugural ceremony with Patrick Manson as its first dean. As the first Western medical school in Hong Kong, the College aimed to train the Chinese to serve their own people with Western medicine. With this, the seed of Western medical education was sown in the territory.

When The University of Hong Kong was formally opened in 1912, the medical college was wholly absorbed into the Faculty of Medicine as the premiere faculty. Hitherto, medical education in Hong Kong had been raised to university level conferring degrees in medicine and surgery recognised by the General Medical Council. Building on its long and successful track record, the Faculty has evolved from a small-scale college into what it is today - one of the leading and prestigious medical institutions in the world.

This book covers the establishment, development and achievements of the Faculty since 1887, including its history and milestones, departmental information, current research and education developments, as well as graduates’ contributions to the community. It is also a book of collective memories for our teachers, students, alumni and friends to share their reminiscences in their alma mater.