Seated young woman with a tumor on the right side of her upper lip. Ninth Report of the Ophthalmic Hospital in Canton for the quarterly term ending in December 31st, 1838. Chinese Repository, Vol. 7. 1838-1839, p. 584: No. 6071. Dec 14th. Tumor pendulous from the upper lip. Kwo Pe, aged 27, from Shuntih. Seven years since, this amiable young woman found a tumor commencing on the right side of the upper lip. It had now attained the size of her fist, and hung pendulous, reaching below the chin, and carrying the underlip to the left side; it not only greatly disfigured her, but impeded her speech, and required to be supported when she ate. Dec 19th the tumor was removed by the hare lip operation, two arteries of considerable size were divided (…) The third day from the operation, the first time of dressing, the needle was removed. The wound had nearly healed by first intention, and on the 5th, only a piece of sticking plaster was removed. In a few days more she was discharged perfectly well, and her natural features nearly restored. She showed her gratitude and respect by not kow-towing [italics by Peter Parker; “which is borrowed from kòu tóu in Mandarin Chinese, is the act of deep respect shown by kneeling and bowing so low as to have one's head touching”], knowing that it was offensive.
Medicine, Chinese Missions and Missionaries Missions, Medical Neoplasms Tumors
Case No. 6071 Kwo Pe Parker, Peter, 1804-1888
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