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Books, Journals, New Media
August 23/30, 2000


Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor; adviser for new media, Robert Hogan, MD, San Diego.

JAMA. 2000;284(8):1029. doi:10.1001/jama.284.8.1029

Shou is a powerful and compelling drama by two family physicians, who practiced medicine together and now write together. This, their third and most ambitious novel to date, is set in China, Korea, Hong Kong, and the United States. It chronicles the journey of Lili Quan, a young Chinese-American physician, as she fulfills her mother's dying wish for her to return home.

A medical mystery, international thriller, and bittersweet love story, most of Shou is set in the tumultuous weeks surrounding the Tianamen massacre in 1989. While greedy and ambitious men vie for the most earth-shattering discovery since the atom bomb, Lili, a passionate idealist, meets and falls in love with Chi-Wen Zhou, a victim of the Cultural Revolution and a romantic Taoist. Their relationship blossoms, plunging them into the midst of the international intrigue surrounding this startling medical discovery. Their diverse cultural backgrounds and unique perspectives form a fascinating backdrop for understanding the turmoil of recent Chinese history.

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