Dr Morgan and patient in Mission hospital

Dr Morgan and patient in Mission hospital

1998.131.398 (Print black & white)

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Key Information

Photographer

Frederick Spencer Chapman

Collection

Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

September 29th 1936

Named Person

Dr Morgan, Bo Tsering

Region

Lhasa > Dekyi Lingka

Accession number

1998.131.398

Image Dimensions

118 x 173

Dr Morgan, right, and two orderlies assisting with the inoculation of a woman against venereal disease. Venereal diseases were common in Lhasa and it was part of the British policy to give free medical attention to the Tibetans

Further Information

Activity

Health Care

Photographic Process

Print gelatin silver

Date Acquired

Donated 1994

Donated by

Faith Spencer Chapman

Expedition

British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

Photo also owned by

Frederick Spencer Chapman

Previous Catologue Number

CV.16 In publication
'Lhasa Mission 1936, Diary of Events', P. Neame, H. Richardson, F. S. Chapman, Government of India Political Department [Note: photographs for October 18th - November 4th 1936 are not included as their relationship to text is not detailed; see Mission Diary text for details of images] [see photos in publication]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number

SC.T.2.398

Published

'Lhasa Mission 1936, Diary of Events', P. Neame, H. Richardson, F. S. Chapman, Government of India Political Department [Note: photographs for October 18th - November 4th 1936 are not included as their relationship to text is not detailed; see Mission Diary text for details of images] [view list of illustrations]

Other Information

Notes on print/mount - 'C-V-16' has been written on the back of the print in pencil. The number '7' has also been written in the top right hand corner, in a circle, in pencil [MS 23/03/2006]

Manual Catalogues -


Manual Catalogues - Caption in Chapman's hand-written list of negatives made whilst on the Mission to Lhasa, 1936-7 [See PRM Manuscripts Collection]: 'Ditto ditto [Inoculating] with girl registering agony'; PRM Manuscripts Collection: ‘List of Tibetan Prints and Negatives’ - Book 3: ‘35/3 - Injections for VD’ [MS 23/03/2006]

Exhibition - This image appeared in the 2003 Temporary Exhibition at the Pitt Rivers "Seeing Lhasa: British Depictions of the Tibetan Capital 1936-1947"

Research publication - Clare Harris and Tsering Shakya (eds.), 'Seeing Lhasa: British Depictions of the Tibetan Capital 1936-1947', Chicago: Serindia Publications, 2003, p. 85.

Other Information - Related Images


Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'CV' comprise a group of negatives containing images of chang girls, dancing girls and band, ‘King’ of Lhadu’s monk, medical work at mission hospital, Gould and Lonchen Shatra, wall painting in Duke’s [Kung] house, Potala from Chakpori, telephoto views of Potala and Kundeling, Gyaltsen, staff of mission. They

Other Information - Setting


Other Information - Setting: Dr William Morgan (right) and two orderlies inoculating a young woman against venereal disease.
It was part of the British policy to give free medical attention to Tibetans in Lhasa. The “surgery” was in an out-building half-way up the drive to the British Mission house, the Dekyi Lingka. Venereal disease was rife in Lhasa in the 1930s and 40s and was by no means confined to the lower classes. Those high enough in rank could get private house calls from Morgan to avoid the embarrassment of showing up at the open-plan surgery. Hence, Morgan probably knew far more about the personal lives of many Tibetans than other members of the Mission. The British medical presence in Lhasa was formalised in 1940 with the building of a hospital under the supervision of Dr Harry Staunton [CH 2003]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Dr Morgan and patient in Mission hospital" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. Accessed 16 Apr. 2014 <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.131.398.html>.

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