Dr Leo Eloesser (right) operating on a patient in Spain in 1937, at the height of the Spanish civil war. Picture: courtesy of the Tamiment Library, New York University

‘Medical Marco Polo’: the American doctor who fought for lives of Chinese amid chaos of civil war

Dr Leo Eloesser turned his back on success in the United States to follow humanitarian dreams on the other side of the world

Topic |   Chinese history

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Dr Leo Eloesser (right) operating on a patient in Spain in 1937, at the height of the Spanish civil war. Picture: courtesy of the Tamiment Library, New York University
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