NTU launches memoir for its 90-year-old medical school

NTU launches memoir for its 90-year-old medical school
Professor Chew Chin Hin, the former medical superintendent of Tan Tock Seng Hospital, with a copy of the coffee table book, 11 Mandalay Road.

To celebrate the restoration of its medical school's headquarters, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) will be launching a book that chronicles its history that spans some 90 years.

The coffee table book, titled '11 Mandalay Road' after the building's location, tells the tale of how the structure came into being as the medical school we know today.

Personal stories from former occupants and rare photos aid the reader along the medical school's history, which started off as a hostel for medical students.

The memoir also covers the aerial bombings by the Japanese during World War II, in which numerous students at the hostel were killed.

Many hopeful medical students have passed through its doors, including one Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, former Prime Minister of Malaysia, who contributed an anecdote to the book.

The building was abandoned in the 1990s until 2010 when it was chosen as the site for NTU's new medical school. Restoration began in 2012 and completed in June 2013.

The book will not be available for sale. Instead, interested readers can find copies at the National Library and NTU's libraries.

jasonsoh@sph.com.sg

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