CMS [Christian Medical Society] Log: News from Ray Knighton, Dr. Hemwall, and Dr. Koop
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31 January-3 February 1961
Knighton, J. Raymond
Hemwall, Gus A.
Koop, C. Everett
Christian Medical Society
Reproduced with permission of the Christian Medical and Dental Society.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Religion and Medicine
Memorandum from J. Raymond Knighton to the Christian Medical Society (January 20, 1961)
CMS [Christian Medical Society] Log: News from Ray Knighton, Dr. Koop, and Dr. Hemwall [2-17 February 1961]
CMS [Christian Medical Society] Log: News from Ray Knighton, Dr. Hemwall, and Dr. Koop [22-24 February 1961]
[C. Everett Koop with the staff of a periodical for black South Africans] (1961)
[Children and health care workers outside a family residence in South Africa] (1961)
Focus on C. Everett Koop, MD [December 1968]
Box Number: 14
Folder Number: Africa Trip, 1960-61
News from Ray Knighton, Dr. Hemwall, and Dr. Koop
Tuesday, January 31, 1961
You will never guess where we are right now - in the Nile Hilton Hotel overlooking Cairo, the Nile, and the Pyramids. What
a time we are having. We arrived yesterday morning at 4:00 am. Went by car to the American Hospital in Tanta, arriving there
about 6:00 am. Had breakfast at 7:00 - Chapel at 8:00 am, etc. We had conferences, visited the wards, and saw the drugs we
have sent. I just can't explain the feeling of seeing first-hand the work of the Lord! Everyone in the hospital thanked
us for the drugs, toothpaste , and also for the instruments we purchased for them. All of them said that it would be impossible
for them to carry on, especially with their charity program, without the help of CMS. We think we have found out ways that
we can increase tremendously the amount of stuff we can send.
Last night after supper they had a reception where all the staff, their wives, nurses, etc. attended - between 50-60 people.
They have one missionary doctor and nine Egyptian doctors. The reception was in our honor and I was asked to speak and tell
about CMS. What a thrill!
This morning we got up about 5:30 - listened to the local Moselm Muezzin (Priest) chant - the call to prayer - for thirty
minutes over the public address system in the town. We got on the train 6:50 am and went back to Cairo. We arrived back here
at 8:00 am and were met by the Deputy Director of ICA (International Cooperation Administration) with the Embassy car and
chauffeur. The car and driver were ours all day! We came here to the Nile Hilton, left our baggage and went out to visit the
Naval U. S. Medical Research Unit. They are carrying on some very important work, especially for the people here in Egypt.
After that we went out to see the sphinx and pyramids.
We came back to Cairo and had a tremendous lunch with our host from the ICA, Mr. Martin, in the Roof Garden Restaurant at
the Shepherd's Hotel. What a view! We also met the editor of a Christian magazine and had a nice visit with him. Chick
(Dr. Koop) was just saying that if we had to go home now, all that we have seen and heard so far would have made our trip
most profitable! It is hard to comprehend the filth, poverty, need of the people, and the spiritual darkness - and many other
things which we cannot tell you now. We just know that the Lord has His hand on us. The three of us are getting along like
three peas in a pod!
Friday, February 3
The more we travel, the more fantastic it becomes. We are in a beautiful hotel on a beautiful street, with the general atmosphere
of Palm Beach. The bell hops and waiters are dressed in beautiful uniforms but walk around barefoot! We enjoyed our stay in
Addis. We were met at the airport by Dr. Dennis Carlson and Mrs. Robert Schenck. We drove 80 miles to Mambo (where Dr. Carlson
and Dr. Schenck are stationed) and spent the rest of the day seeing the hospital; we stayed there in Ambo overnight. The
next morning we got up early and drove back to Addis with The Carlson Family who were leaving for a month's vacation.
In Addis we stayed in the SIM Headquarters; we had conference with all the local doctors and nurses. We also had a meeting
with the Minister of Health. He was very cordial and was very much interested in everything we had to say and promised full
cooperation. We are all feeling fine.