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JAMA 100 Years Ago
November 6, 2002

Medical Practice in China.

Author Affiliations

JenniferReiling, Assistant Editor

JAMA. 2002;288(17):2188. doi:10.1001/jama.288.17.2188

The Literary Digest gives an interesting account of Chinese medical practice from an article by Pastor Stenz, a German missionary long resident in China, in the New York Staats-Zeitung. . . .

"Chinese physicians receive no fees, though gifts are sometimes made to them after successful treatment. On the other hand, most of them are their own druggists, and, if not, they get commissions on their prescriptions. The prescriptions are very complex, often containing twenty ingredients, which, however, are put up separately. Most medicines are exhibited in the form of copious hot draughts and are bitter and exceedingly nauseous. Most of them are of vegetable origin. Ginseng is the most highly prized and enters into almost every prescription.

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