An Ohio Woman in the Philippines. Giving Personal Experiences and Descriptions Including Incidents of Honolulu, Ports in Japan and China.
Akron, Ohio: Press of Richard H. Leighton, 1904. Hardcover. Fascinating account of the first female American osteopath, ministering to American soldiers and Filipinos in the Spanish American War. Written by the one of the first American women to receive a degree in osteopathy, Conger (1843-1917) traveled to the Philippines as a nurse. Chapter 19, titled 'Osteopathy' describes the author's practice in the Philippines: "In the islands it was a great pleasure to me to help our sick soldiers ... Officers and men came daily for treatment. Soon the Filipinos came, too. Women walked many miles carrying their sick children; the blind and the lame besought me to lay my hands upon them. it was noised about that I had divine power..." (p115).
Contents include descriptions of Japan, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Manila, Iloilo and Jaro; descriptions of Filipino natives, attacks of "insurrectos" upon the American soldiers, wedding customs, fourth of July in the Philippines, markets, agriculture, amusements, church festivals, the McKinley-Bryan campaign and the rejoicing over McKinley's victory, and Governor Taft at Jaro.
8vo, 166pp, b&w printed photographic ills. Dark blue gilt decorative cloth, gilt salamander illustration front board, no title at spine. Corners very gently rubbed. Very good condition. Item #20270