Moukden Hospital – Additional Information

Some further details of the architecture of Christie’s Hospital at Moukden.

“The hospital exterrnally is entirely after the Chinese plan of architecture. The front building, or Out-door Patient department, is somewhat after the native temple style, and consists of nine apartments. Passing through a handsome doorway, the patient is led through a short corridor into a spacious waiting-room with a neat platform at the further end. Through a door on the left he enters the consulting-room, from which he passes into a commodious dispensary.
The In-door Patient department is situated behind this front building, and consists of a large double compound after the usual native style. In the outer compound, a long building withk’ang accommodation for fifteen patients is entirely set aside as an opium refuge. On the other side, an almost dead wall is pointed out as the back part of the women’s wards, which are thus as completely separated as if they formed a completely separate compound. These wards have accommodation for fifteen patients. In the inner compound three separate buildings are fitted up as surgical, medical and eye wards.” Webster (1888). “Opening of Dr Christie’s New Hospital, Moukden.” CMMJ 2(1): 35-36

Christie elaborated:-
“Ventilation is effected by windows placed opposite, and capped with transoms which reach nearly to the ceiling . . .  The larger wards are provided with extra inlet and outlet openings; while cleanliness is ensured by a hard flooring of Portland cement, which does not absorb moisture.” Christie, D. (1888). “Report of Medical Missionary Work in Moukden, Manchuria.” CMMJ 2(2): 83-86.