Tianjin People's Hospital

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Tianjin People's Hospital (formerly Mackenzie Memorial Hospital and Tientsin Mission Hospital and Dispensary) is a hospital in Tianjin, China. Prior to the Chinese Revolution, it was known as Mackenzie Memorial Hospital. Olympian Eric Liddell was born there in 1902. [1]


Tianjin People's Hospital was originally founded as the Tientsin Mission Hospital and Dispensary by Dr. John Kenneth Mackenzie of the London Missionary Society in 1880. [2] Following his death, Mackenzie was succeeded by Dr. Fred C. Roberts, who led the hospital from 1888 until his death in 1894. [3]

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