Medical ear

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 14 October, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 14 October, 1993, 12:00am

A CHINESE University surgeon has received one of medicine's highest honours for a surgical technique pioneered in Hong Kong.

Professor Andrew van Hasselt is the first doctor from Asia to be invited to deliver the Joseph Toynbee Memorial Lecture.

The lecture will be given in London next month before the Royal College of Surgeons and the Royal Society of Medicine.

Professor van Hasselt will talk on the ''Hong Kong Flap'' which he and lecturer Dr Liu Kwok-chung developed to treat a tumour-like ear disease which affects 10 million people worldwide.

In the past, removing the tumour left a hole that would not heal. Previous attempts to close the hole failed, until the ''Hong Kong Flap'', which is a piece of tissue close to the ear which, because it has its own blood supply, enables the wound to heal.