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March 6, 1972

Medical Education In China

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Dayton, Ohio

JAMA. 1972;219(10):1339-1340. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03190360049022

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To the Editor.—  Along with my feelings of fascination and disbelief, I am somewhat reassured that careful research and study is being done to determine just what does happen with the insertion of the acupuncture needle.What comes to mind is the experience we have all had of scratching our head and feeling a tickling sensation in another location remote from the stimulus. The classical referred pain from visceral abnormalities supports the concept of shared neural pathways and synapses of different structures in the body.During five years of practice in Nepal I came in frequent contact with Ayurvedic physicians, or Vaidyas, as they were called. Their methods included examination of the pulse, questions about diet, and religious practice in order to arrive at a diagnosis. They did not use acupuncture.Even though their approach was in no way similar to the Allopathic methods of our own, their concern for