Myint Myint Khin, Well-Known Doctor and Writer, Dead at 91

By Yan Pai 20 June 2014

Dr Myint Myint Khin, who is famous for her writings on health and education in Burma, has died on Thursday in Rangoon. She was 91 years old.

She had been receiving treatment for heart and kidney failures during the past four months, according to her son Dr Myint Zan. Her funeral will be held on Saturday in Rangoon.

Born in Pathein, Irrawaddy Division, Myint Myint Khin attended Rangoon University in 1938. After earning a bachelor degree of arts from the university, she joined a medical college that led her to do further studies in England and the US.

After working as a professor and head of department in Institute of Medicine Mandalay for nearly 20 years, Myint Myint Khin became a professor of medicine at the National University of Malaysia, and then a consultant at the World Health Organization’s Southeast Asia Regional Office.

She was married to an orthopedic surgeon Dr San Baw, who invented bone substitute treatment with ivory.

Myint Myint Khin penned numerous works on health and child education in Burma. Health topics she tackled ranged from HIV/Aids, to smoking to cancer, as well as how to prepare food with microwave oven.

Last year, she published a collection of her English poetry book “Poetry for Me.” At her time of death, she was working on a book “A History of Medical Education in Burma,” according to Myint Zan, who said she was collaborating with other medical doctors to tell the history of medical education in Burma from British colonial days to current times.