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American Dentist V.D. Collins


I found info written by Rudi Butt about an American dentist, Varnum David Collins, who trained Kwan Yuen Cheong in dentistry and gave him his dental kit upon retirement, circa 1857.  I have not been able to verify his findings. I emailed him but have not received a reply.  Does anyone know if Rudi Butt is still living?

"Kwan before moving to Hong Kong to practice dentisty, apprenticed under American named Collins in Canton."

Has anyone come across this dentist, Collins, or found evidence that Kwan apprenticed under him?

I have been searching for this dentist's identity for over twenty years. Kwan Yuen Cheong is my great-great-grandfather.

Thank you,



Thanks, David, I came across these also.