Press release about the launch of Medicine and Mission :

Aspect Design , publishers, of Malvern are very pleased to announce the publication of a new work by Malvern based author, Robert Colledge:  Medicine and Mission  Aspect Design ISBN 978-1-912078-48-6. £14.99.  Available from Aspect Design, on Amazon.co.uk and from major booksellers including Waterstones (tip – search under the author’s name).

This well-illustrated, engaging and wittily written biography of Thomas Richardson Colledge, a nineteenth Century pioneering doctor, tells of his upbringing in Northamptonshire and education at Rugby School, and his medical training in Leicester Royal Infirmary and St Thomas’s Hospital Southwark. He then joined the East India Company and served as a ship’s surgeon for several years before being appointed the Company’s Surgeon at the British Factory in Canton (modern Guangzhou), China. Here he founded an ophthalmic hospital and achieved phenomenal success by his treatment of indigenous Chinese patients, while at the same time enjoying an enjoyably full social life in the Portuguese Colony of Macau, where among the expatriate community he met a beautiful American whom he married in 1833.  He founded the Medical Missionary Society in 1838 to great international acclaim. After twenty years’ practice in China, he returned to Britain in 1838 where he obtained advanced medical qualifications in Scotland, later taking up a highly successful private practice in Cheltenham, where he lived with his wife and family until his death in 1879. 


Hi – I am Robert Colledge the author of Medicine and Mission which I have been researching and writing since 2016. My book is sub-headed The Life and Interesting Times of a Nineteenth Century Pioneering Doctor so it is not simply a biography of Thomas Richardson Colledge but a journey through his era taking in social and political events which affected his life.

Astute readers will have noticed the similarity of surname, and, yes, Thomas was my great-great-grandfather.

I created this website to share with potential readers of Medicine and Mission something of the enthusiasm I felt when researching and writing it, and to provide something of a back story. 

Very few people knew about what I had written until this website was launched; and thankfully the book is now available on Amazon and Waterstones – search under ‘Robert Colledge’ to find the book.

I hope to achieve one of my goals of paying for the renovation of an oil painting of Thomas Richardson Colledge using some of the profits arising from the sale of my book.

Anyone who sees the link can follow it to the site and learn important and, I hope, interesting information about the characters and institutions featured in the story, as well as finding out how to purchase it!

Robert Colledge

October 2020


Medicine and Mission – the Blogs

Here is my first official review Medicine and Mission by Robert Colledge is a biography on the life of Thomas Richardson Colledge, a nineteenth-century pioneering doctor. Amidst other interesting events in Thomas’s life, the book also covers his missionary and clinical work in China. This detailed account has indeed captured the ‘interesting’ times in the life …



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How to buy Medicine and Mission

Direct from the publisher Aspect Design – see Blogs page for opening times;

by contacting the author direct – for a signed copy!

or online from Amazon.co.uk. and Waterstones (search under author’s name)