MILLER, Janet. Jungles Preferred. Boston and New York, Hoghton Mifflin, 1931.
8vo. Original balck cloth, lettered and ruled in white; pp. [vi], 320, ; plates after photographs; even light browning to endpapers, title-page minimally spotted; a very good copy, with the title-page signed by the author; ownership inscription to fron fly-leaf.
First edition. In 1922 American Methodist missionaries founded a hospital in Minga, Belgian Congo. Initiially they could not find a doctor, 'but in 1928, the first full-time doctor arrived to set up the hospital. Dr. Janet Miller, who had worked for 12 years prior as a missionary at the Margaret Williamson Hospital in Shanghai, China, was eager to start work in Africa. … Dr. Janet Miller, from North Carolina, worked with Flora Foreman to establish medical work at the station. The mission board, however, preferred a male doctor in the position, believing the Congo was too dangerous an assignment for a single woman. Dr. Miller returned to the US in 1931, replaced by Dr. W. S. Hughlett, but she wrote a book called Jungles Preferred, which pretty much sums up her thoughts on the mission board’s decision' (Methodist Mission Bicentennial, online).
The author has been written out of history. From the blurb on the lower flap of the wrapper of her book on the Middle East we learn that she worked as a doctor in Belgian Congo, Japan and China, and that she 'is being proposed by the women of Japan and China for the Nobel prize for the person who shall have best promoted the fraternity of Nations'.