Once upon a time, away down under in the country of Australia, there was born a little baby boy. His father was an Irishman, whose happy face radiated joy and gladness, and who taught his children to look for the cheerful side of life and to laugh. His mother was a very devoted American lady, and as soon as this little boy could talk she taught him to pray by repeating words phrase by phrase after her. I was that little boy... So begins the tale of Dr. Rabbit, a story of the author's medical missionary work for the Karens of Burma. Dubbed "Dr. Rabbit" because of his name, he came to be loved by the common people in this land of tigers and elephants, riverboats and oxcarts.