James Cantlie (1851-1926)
Professor Cantlie graduated from Aberdeen in Scotland and pursued a career of missionary and medicine. He came to Hong Kong in 1887 and became a co-founder of the Hong Kong College of Medicine for Chinese. His great experience in teaching in London provided a solid foundation for the new medical school. His favorite student of the time was Sun Yat-sen. Professor Cantlie is well-recognized in literature for ‘Cantlie’s line’ which delineates the surgical anatomy of the liver. (Cantlie J. A new arrangement of the right and left lobes of the liver. J. Anat. Physiol 1898; 32:4-9). “He studied liver abscess and its complications comprehensively. Professor Cantlie described the procedure of draining the abscess by tapping with satisfactory results. For many years his method has been described in surgical textbooks”. (Extract from book ‘A Romance in Medicine’). After leaving the Hong Kong College of Medicine, he kept his contacts with Dr. Sun Yat-sen and followed up on his professional and political career. He played a key role in securing the release of Sun who had been abducted and held prisoner in the Chinese Legation in London. Professor Cantlie survived to see his student becoming the first president of Republic of China. Professor Cantlie died in 1926. (source : Hong Kong University).
Needling painful spots as practised by chinese. Cantlie J. China Medical Journal. 1916;30:410-3.