This special tribute in beautiful calligraphy sums up the widespread admiration of Chinese officials for Dr. Wu Lien-teh when he brought to an end the plague epidemic in Harbin by courageously ordering the first mass cremation in Chinese history and disposal of thousands of infected corpses by fire on 31 January 1911. The tribute states that only the extraordinary man can attain extraordinary accomplishments, and highlights the universal recognition and fame accorded to Dr. Wu for this historic achievement and triumph. This photograph shows a calligraphic work produced as a tribute to Dr. Wu Lien-teh, a Penang-born physician, who led the fight against plagues and epidemics in China. Title devised by Library staff.
All rights reserved. Wu Lien-teh, 1911