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