Portrait No. 43

Lam Qua, 1801-1860
Physical Description:
61 cm. x 47 cm.
Framed, oil on board
Man with tumor on his right cheek and neck.
Eighth Report of the Ophthalmic Hospital, Chinese Repository, vol. 7, 1838-1839, p. 98-99: No. 4903, Tumor of peculiar character. March 5th. Choo Yihleang, aged 31, a shoemaker of Kaauyaou, had a tumor on the right side of the neck, as large as his head, and as it appeared from a front view. It was situated beneath the sterno-cleido-mastoidous muscle, and the superficial fascia. It extended from the ear to the clavicle, and from upon the trachea to the posterior edge of the above muscle, which was drawn very tense above it. When the patient entered the hospital it was firmly fixed, scarcely admitting a perceptible motion in any direction. At a point on the surface near the apex was indicated a slight collection of fluid. The patient was blooming in health and resolutely desirous of its extirpation. He was admitted to the hospital, and in the course of a week or ten days, after repeated examinations it was manifestly more movable, a fact that the patient also observed. (…) On the 25th April the operation was performed, assisted by Messrs Cox, Jardine, and Holgate. (…) The preceding day he requested not to be tied, assuring me he would not move a limb, or speak a word. When the moment arrived instead of shrinking from the crisis, he put one hand on the table, and skipped upon it with great agility, as if joyful in the prospect of being freed of his troublesome companion. (…) in four minutes [the tumor was] completely out. (…) During the operation the patient was perfectly collected and did not utter a groan; spoke with natural voice when spoken to, and repeatedly requested the operator might not be alarmed. The tumor weighed 5 1/3 lbs. It was surrounded by a firm wall an inch thick, resembling in hardness the full grown cacao nut, except at one point, then came another layer of three quarters of an inch of white pulpy substance, and centrally there were several ounces of milky fluid quite inodorous. The large muscle resumed its natural place, the wound healed chiefly by the first intention and in twenty days the patient in good health and with unequivocal sentiments of gratitude, returned to his family.
Donated by Peter Parker to the Yale School of Medicine and transferred to the Historical Library.
Variant Titles:
Choo Yihleang
Medicine, Chinese
Missions and Missionaries
Missions, Medical
Case No. 4903
Choo Yihleang
Parker, Peter, 1804-1888
paintings (AAT)
Content Type:
Paintings & Drawings
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Source Title:
Peter Parker Collection
Yale Collection:
Cushing/Whitney Medical Library
Digital Collection:
Lam Qua's Portraits of Peter Parker's Patients