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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 7, No. 3. May 3, 1944

Our Defence

Our Defence

Do you remember Kipling's poem on another war:

"Their bodies were and our defences while we wrought our defences."

These Chinese soldiers are in a more grave position than this. Agnes Smedley, who left China in 1941, wrote of the tragic lack of medical supplies and doctors. Coolies might be conscripted as cannon-fodder but wealthy or idle doctors would have no compulsion on them to care for the desperate plight of the sick, starved and maimed Chinese soldiers.

Certainly the health and medical authorities have made a terrific effort to bring the scientific treatment of wounded possible. In The Place of Science in China by Yap Pow-Meng the writer has little to say of science in wartime China. Certainly Chinese need of trained medical personnel is very vast, but the impression is gained that the government should consider this more seriously than hitherto.