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Literature Guide: Medical Missions

WCIU Journal: Health and Disease Topic

September 10, 2018

by Timothy Skinner

Library of Congress Classification:

RA 390 – RA 392

Dewey Decimal Classification:

266 Missions
610 Medicine
920 Biography

Library of Congress Subject Headings:

Missionaries, Medical
Missions, Medical
Zenana missions

Periodical issues:

International Review of Mission 83, no. 329 (April 1994): “Health and Healing in Mission”
Missiology 21, no. 3 (July 1993): “Medicine, Health, and Mission”

Periodical Articles:

Browne, Stanley Greenhill. 1979. “The Contribution of Medical Missionaries to Tropical Medicine.” Transactions of the Royal Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 73, no. 4:357-60.

Dohn, Michael N., and Anita L. Dohn. 2006. “Short-term Medical Teams.” Evangelical Missions Quarterly 42, no. 2 (April): 216-224.

Grundmann, Christoffer. 1990. “Proclaiming the Gospel by Healing the Sick? Historical and Theological Annotations on Medical Mission.” International Bulletin of Missionary Research 14 (July): 120-6.

_______. 1985. “The Role of Medical Missions in the Missionary Enterprise: A Historical and Missiological Surve. ” Mission Studies 2: 39-48.

Hilton, David. 1987. “The Future of Medical Mission.” International Review of Mission 76, no. 301 (January): 78-81.

Jansen, G. 1995. “Christian Ministry of Healing on its Way to the Year 2000: An Archaeology of Medical Missions.” Missiology 23: 295-307.

_______. 1999. “The Tradition of Medical Missions in the Maelstrom of the International Health Arena.” Missiology 27: 377-92.

McGilvray, James C. 1968. “A Review of Christian Medical Work Today.” International Review of Mission 57, no. 226 (April): 213-16.

Nemec, Jeanne.1980. “A Healing Community in the Caribbean.” International Review of Mission 69 (April): 151-7.

Smalley, William A. 1959. “Some Questions about Missionary Medicine.” Practical Anthropology 6: 90-5.

Taylor, Carl E. 1969. “A Christian Medical Commission’s Role in Health Planning.” International Review of Mission 58, no. 230 (April): 181-94.

Thurman, Suzanne R. 2002. “The Medical Mission Strategy of the Maryknoll Sisters.” Missiology 30: 361-73.

Van Rheenen, Gailyn. 1998. “Animistic and Western Perspectives of Illness and Healing.” International Journal of Frontier Missions 15, no. 2 (April-June): 83-86.

Whiteman, Darrell, ed.1993. “Medicine, Health, and Mission.” Missiology 21: 275-341, 379-83.

Reference Books with Relevant articles:

Concise Dictionary of the Christian World Mission
Dictionary of Asian Christianity
Dictionary of Mission: Theology, History, Perspectives
The Encyclopedia of Christianity (2003)
Encyclopedia of Missions and Missionaries
Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions. S.v. “Health Care and Missions”
New Catholic Encyclopedia

Books with Relevant Chapters:

Cook, Harold R. 1962. Missionary Life and Work: A Discussion of Principles and Practices of Missions. Chicago: Moody Press. Ch. 22

Lindsell, Harold. 1955. Missionary Principles and Practice. Revell.

Tucker, Ruth A. 2004. From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya: A Biographical History of Christian Missions. 2d ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.


Browne, Stanley G., ed. 1985. Heralds of Health: The Saga of Christian Medical Initiatives. London: Christian Medical Fellowship.

Crane, Sophia M. 1998. A Legacy Remembered: A Century of Medical Missions. Franklin, TN: Providence House.

Ewert, D. Merrill, ed. 1990. A New Agenda for Medical Missions. Brunswick, GA: MAP Int’l.

Fountain, Daniel E. 1999. God, Medicine, and Miracles: The Spiritual Factor in Healing. Wheaton, IL: Harold Shaw Publishers.

Grundmann, Christoffer H. 2005. Sent to Heal!—Emergence and Development of Medical Missions. Lanham, MD: University Press of America.

Hale, Thomas, and Cynthia B. Hale. 1989. Medical Missions: The Adventure and Challenge. Christian Medical and Dental Society.

Halsey, Abram Woodruff. 1912. Presbyterian Medical Missions. London: Murray & Evendon.

Haskin, Dorothy C. 1957. Medical Missionaries You Would Like to Know. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

Hefley, James C. 1971. The Cross and the Scalpel. Waco, TX: Word.

Kuhn, W., S. Kuhn, H. Gross, S. Benesh, eds. 2007. Global Medical Missions: Preparation, Procedure, Practice. Winepress.

Myers, Bryant L., Erin Dufault-Hunter, and Isaac B. Voss, eds. 2015. Health, Healing, and Shalom: Frontiers and Challenges for Christian Health Missions. Pasadena: WCL.

Palmer, Dennis, and Catherine E. Wolf. 2014. Handbook of Medicine in Developing Countries. 4th ed. Christian Medical and Dental Association.

Seel, David J. 1979. Challenge and Crisis in Missionary Medicine. Pasadena: WCL.

Vanderkooi, Mary. 2009. Village Medical Manual: A Layman’s Guide to Health Care in Developing Countries. Vol. 1: Principles and Procedures. 6th ed. Marion, NC: Equip.

Van Reken, David. 1987. Mission and Ministry: Christian Medical Practice in Today’s Changing World Cultures. Wheaton: Billy Graham Center.

Timothy Skinner, MLS, is the Librarian for William Carey International University and a member of Frontier Ventures.

Timothy Skinner, MLS, is the Librarian for William Carey International University and a member of Frontier Ventures.

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