A book containing journal entries and correspondence about her experiences and work written by medical missionary, Dr. Clara Swain, upon her arrival in 1870 in Bareilly, India, and the 35 years following.
Why It Matters
Clara Swain was the first medical missionary to be sent overseas, and although earlier missionaries had been sent – usually evangelists and teachers – she was the first formally trained doctor. Her experiences in performing medical work and teaching women interested in medicine in a foreign country are representative of what an early medical missionary’s life was like.
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Analyze this evidence
- How did the local people of Bareilly, India, treat Swain?
- What do you feel was the most difficult part of being a missionary? Why?
- What problems did Swain face besides widespread illness and the lack of a hospital?