The American Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Patricia Butenis, visited the Green Memorial Hospital, Manipay on 25 January 2011. During her visit she presented a copy of my book to the Jaffna Diocese of the Church of South India.
For a full description of the visit, an extract from which is given below, please go to the Jaffna Diocese website:
The Ambassador made a quick tour of the Green Memorial Hospital and appreciated the commitment of JDCSI to carry forward the ideals of the early American Missionaries. Bishop Thiagarajah presented a copy of the Centenary Souvenir of GMH and a write-up titled “The Challenge Before Us.” The Ambassador, in response, presented the diocese a copy of Mr Thiru Arumugam’s “Nineteenth Century American Medical Missionaries in Jaffna, Ceylon.”
A meeting about the book was held in Toronto at the Milliken Wesleyan Church Hall, Markham, on 16 July 2010. The Meeting was chaired by Rajan Kadirgamar, former Principal of Jaffna College. His introductory remarks included the following:
Thiru Arumugam now enters the scene bringing back to memory most refreshingly into the 21st century the life and work of the 19th century American Medical Missionaries. With his keen engineering skills he carves out with precision the essentials of the ACM medical service from an ocean of information available.
Like a skilled, imaginative architect with a vision he constructs a magnificent masterpiece for us.
He narrates the adventurous story with all its tragedies, perseverance, endurance and hope with such ease like an endearing classical novel. There is not a single dull moment – I read the whole English section in one sitting the moment I opened the book the morning it arrived. A few days later while I was browsing through it my 13 year old grand-daughter looked into it and said Thaatha let me have the book when you have finished with it!
This is the full text of Rajan Kadirgamar’s speech.
Nineteenth century American Medical Missionaries in Jaffna, Ceylon: with special reference to Samuel Fisk Green is in the No. 1 spot in the list of recent arrivals in the Asia Bookroom. This open and on-line bookshop is based in Canberra, Australia and is the country’s leading Bookseller of books about Asia for over 30 years. It now sells the Medical Missionaries book world wide through their on-line bookshop. They can be contacted at Asia Bookroom. Their Stock ID is 131420 and the ISBN is 9780646520902.
In the April Newsletter of the Jaffna Diocese of the Church of South India, Bishop Dr Daniel Thiagarajah says that he ‘marvels at the extent of the highly concentrated research that has gone into this work……..this book is a priceless gift to generations to come of the Tamil community…….all libraries in Sri Lanka, the public, Universities and schools must have copies of this book’.
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Bishop Thiagarajah's comments
The complete Newsletter can be accessed via this link.
Victor Karunairajan in the April Newsletter of the Jaffna Diocese of the Church of South India briefly reviews the book and comments on the immensity of the research and integrity of the author and the extensive references and bibliography provided. He expresses the hope that the Green Memorial Hospital, Manipay and the McLeod Hospital in Inuvil will be brought back to their pristine glory and describes the book as a ‘unique gift to posterity’.
Victor's review page 1
Victor's review page 2
The Sri Lankan Christian Society of North America in the Easter 2010 edition of their Enewsletter have described the book Nineteenth century American Medical Missionaries in Jaffna, Ceylon: with particular reference to Samuel Fisk Green as a “masterpiece”.
Bishop Dr Daniel Thiagarajah of the Jaffna Diocese of the Church of South India (JDCSI) commends the book and states in their website “Recently among the heart-warming surprises I have received in my mail box was a book on the American Medical Missionaries in Sri Lanka.” The Bishop went on to commend the work of Thiru Arumugam very highly especially with an expression of appreciation of profound gratitude for the contribution of the Missionaries to our community.
Scroll down to the News and Media section of their website page for all of the Bishop’s comments.
A Review by Ernest Macintyre (playwright and dramatist) of the book can be seen here.