Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali: The Accidental Doctor

Eva Wong Nava

This picture book biography relates the life of Tun Dr Siti Hasmah, the first Malay woman to graduate as a doctor from the University of Malaya. She is also the wife of the ex-Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohammad. As a doctor, she saved many women and children in the state of Kedah in Malaysia from childbirth related infection and infectious diseases respectively. Meet Siti Hasmah, a little girl, who wanted to be a journalist, in a period when not every girl was sent to school. See what happened to her, her family, and country when World War II struck. Walk in her footsteps as she graduates from university and went on to save the lives of Malaysia women and children. See what she finally ended up being. 

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