The book was launched in Sydney at the Strathfield Town Hall, 65 Homebush Road, Strathfield, NSW, Australia, on 19 December 2009 before a capacity crowd of nearly 300 people. The Launch was chaired by the eminent Cardiologist, Dr V Manomohan, President of the Australian Medical Aid Foundation. Speakers included R Ambihaipahar (author of the book Scientific Tamil Pioneer — Dr Samuel Fisk Green); Samuel Arnold (author of the book Christian Heritage of Jaffna, Sri Lanka; work of the American Missionaries); Dr Poornima Paidipaty (Assistant Professor, University of Chicago); Sivakumar Arumugam (doctoral candidate in Anthropology, Columbia University); Ernest Macintyre (playwright and producer/director of many plays with Sri Lankan themes); Dr Murugar Gunasingam (author of the recent book Tamils in Sri Lanka: a comprehensive History); and the Author.
Medical MissionariesIn the first decade of the nineteenth century a movement began in America which had the objective of evangelizing the non-Christian world. The second set of missionaries sent out went to Jaffna, Ceylon, in 1816. This book outlines the activities of these medical missionaries in Jaffna in the nineteenth century, particularly the outstanding contribution of Samuel Fisk Green.