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CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY ARCHIVE
Section III: Central Records

Part 5: CMS Medical Journals: Mercy and Truth, 1897-1921; The Mission Hospital, 1922-1939; The Way of Healing, 1940; The Medical Mission Quarterly, 1892-1896; and Preaching and Healing, 1900-1906

This provides excellent material on medical missions - it brings together complete runs of the following CMS Medical Journals: Mercy and Truth, 1897-1921; The Mission Hospital, 1922-1939; The Way of Healing, 1940; The Medical Mission Quarterly, 1892-1896; and Preaching and Healing, 1900-1906. Women played a prominent part in these medical missions.

Mercy and Truth was first published in 1897 as the journal of the Medical Missions Auxiliary whose task was to arouse support within the British Isles "to increase the number and equip thoroughly the medical missions of the Society". It covers the Society’s extensive medical work in East and West Africa, the Middle East, India and China, and its shorter-lived work in Japan and Canada.

The issues contain articles about the institutions and the medical work overseas (though emphasis is on evangelistic opportunities rather than purely medical details). Many of them are illustrated with photographs of the buildings, staff and patients. There also reports on activities within the British Isles particularly that of the Wants department and the Sale of Work Department at CMS headquarters. These encouraged the MMA supporters to help not merely financially by using the MMA collecting boxes (shaped like medicine bottles or hospital beds) but in such practical ways as making hospital uniforms for hospital staff, or winding bandages to add to the supplies which were regularly sent to the hospitals overseas.

Each issue has detailed indices of contents and illustrations. In 1922 the journal changed its name to The Mission Hospital and in 1940 to The Way of Healing.

Preaching and Healing 1900-1906 is the printed Annual Report of the Medical Missions Auxiliary. Each volume opens with a list of the MMA officers, together with lists of the mission stations and all the hospital staff including the lay evangelists. Each medical mission has a summarised report of the events of the year prefaced by a brief history of the medical work in the area.

There is a short account of "Home Operations" in the British Isles giving details of publicity (including exhibitions) and fund raising. Reports of the Wants Department and Sale of Work Department at headquarters are included, together with a report from the Medical Training Home at Bermondsey (used by CMS medical candidates).

The volumes also contain lists of financial contributions from the British Isles and overseas and a list of the books and leaflets issued by the MMA.

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