National Geographic : 1963 Feb
kam to see its market and call upon Dr. Gor don Seagrave, the noted "Burma Surgeon"? Yes, the road was open-no trouble with in surgents. Within the hour, U Ko Ko had ar ranged my trip with the genial driver of a jeep taxi-58 miles for 6 kyats total, or $1.25. "Burma Surgeon" Carries On Early next day I was off-one of six pas sengers in the jeep. Four others, with bundles and baskets, jammed a trailer. The road took us within sight of Communist China's frontier. At Namhkam I met Dr. Seagrave, son, grandson, and great-grandson of missionaries to the Karens of lower Burma and 28th mem ber of one family to serve lifelong in this 186 country. After medical training in the United States, he returned to Burma in 1922 with a young wife and baby daughter and began his healing work in this remote border town. Just now influenza and dysentery had put him "a bit under the weather," he said. But nothing had reduced his enthusiasm for his beloved hospital and the work of his nurses. During the war his Burmese nurses gained fame for their work with General Stilwell's forces. "My Union of Burma before there was a Union," Dr. Seagrave called them, since they came from many racial groups. And an ever-growing union they have become, for Namhkam has trained more than 700 nurses. I made the rounds of the hospital with Dr.