Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Quincey Wong, Peter 王文[s.n.] (1900s)

updated December 26, 2013

The following description of Peter Quincey Wong came from Inspecteur Quincey And His Master Dramatist Son, a post I wrote for the blog Hong Kong's First.

Peter Quincey Wong, M.D. (b.1882, Hong Kong – d. November 22, 1948, Hong Kong) was the third son of William Quincey. He attended the Hong Kong College of Medicine for Chinese (HKCMC), and in 1903, he, as a senior student, was appointed by William Hunter, the Government Bacteriologist, to be his laboratory assistant. Dr. Hunter was leading an intensive study on the plague, while unfortunately one of the bacteriological assistants, Dr. Chan Fai-kwong, had died suddenly of Acute Yellow Atrophy. Peter Quincey, as he was known at the time, and another HKCMC senior student, Fung Chi-ming, were hand-picked by Hunter to carry on the systemic examination of rats. The appointment was for 8 months; their works were taken over by Laboratory Assistant, Dr. Lee Yin-sze, at the end of their appointments.

There was no record that showed Peter Quincey Wong had practiced medicine in Hong Kong immediately after graduating from HKCMC. It is quite likely that he went to Shanghai to join his father and others in the family as soon as he finished school in Hong Kong. He became a resident surgeon of the new Public Chinese Hospital, a.k.a., the Shanghai Hospital, 中國公立醫院 when it opened in 1910. The hospital, paid for by public subscription, was the first specialized in epidemiological diseases in Shanghai. It was located in Chapei (Zhabei) District 閘北區 (present day Xijiangwan Lu and West Huayuan Lu 西江灣路花園路西, next to the Luxun Park 魯迅公園). In 1911, Peter Quincey Wong was made head of the Chapei Plague Prevention corps, at the time Shanghai had turned into a plague-infested city. In that capacity, he became a government-appointed deputy of the Chinese delegation at the International Plague Conference 奉天萬國鼠疫研究會 held in Mukden (Shenyang) 沈陽 between April 3 and 28, 1911. The conference was hosted by the Qing Government.

Official photograph taken after the opening ceremony of the International Plague Conference, April 3, 1911. Credit: Report of the International Plague Conference Held at Mukden, April 1911
Peter Quincey Wong, when exactly is unknown to me, returned to the place of his birth -- Hong Kong, where he practiced medicine in the private sector. He died at his residence at 173 Island Road 香島道 on November 22, 1948. He was survived by his wife and two sons, M. Quincey Wong (exchange broker) and C. Quincey Wong. According to the obituary in the China Mail, he was one of Hong Kong's oldest practicing doctors.


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