Wednesday, September 25, 2013

So Ping-lun 蘇炳麟 (1939-1940, 1948+)

updated April 17, 2014.

Igakushi 医学士 [MB equivalent], Kyushu Imperial Univ. 九州帝国大学, Japan December 1, 1919. Registered to practice Hong Kong January 26, 1939. Private practitioner 1939-40. Residence: 1/F, #2 Wong Chuk Street, Shamshuipo, Kowloon 1939. Struck off the Register of Medical and Surgical Practitioners October 11, 1940[1]. Resumed practice after the war nlt.1948, address: #564 Nathan Road, Kowloon 1948; no details of when and how re-registered.

[1] The following was published in the October 25, 1940 issue of the Hong Kong Government Gazette:
Medical Department.
No. 1186 - At an Inquiry held by the Medical Board on the 15th day of August, 1940, a resolution was duly passed that it had been proved to the satisfaction of the Board that Dr. So Ping-lun of 520 Nathan Road, 1st floor, Kowloon, had permitted an unqualified assistant employed by him to give inoculations for cholera and vaccination to persons attending at his consulting rooms and had permitted such assistant to furnish such persons with certificates already signed by him certifying that he the said Dr. So Ping-lun had inoculated and vaccinated such persons whereas in fact he the said Dr. So Ping-lun had not seen such persons no had he performed such inoculations for cholera and vaccination and further that he the said Dr. So Ping-lun had signed certificates of inoculation for cholera and vaccination in blank and had permitted the said assistant to deal with the same as he saw fit and that, in relation to the facts so proved to the satisfaction of the Board, the said Dr. So Ping-lun had been guilty of infamous conduct in a professional respect and directed the name of Dr. So Ping-lun be struck off the register of Medical and Surgical Practitioners qualified to practice medicine and surgery in this Colony.
Dated this 11th day of October, 1940,
By Order of the Board,
M.M. Watson,
Hon. Secretary.
In 1940, a total of four doctors were found guilty of the same charges, and they were:  Pang Iu-ki 彭耀基, Wong Yu-lung 黄裕綸, Hung Men-sau 洪明修 and So Ping-lun 蘇炳麟. All, except Pang, whose case was the first to be exposed, were disqualified and no longer permitted to practice in Hong Kong. Pang was only censured for his misconduct. Pang's case might have triggered an across-the-broad investigation by the Medical Board; exactly how many doctors were investigated is unknown. The three struck-offs were the only ones that had been published in the entire period.

Selected bibliography: The Hong Kong Government Gazette, January 27, 1939, #87; October 25, 1940, #1186. 香港年鑑, 香港: 華僑日報 (Hong Kong Year Book).


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