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December 4, 1972

Acupuncture Anesthesian

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San Diego, Calif

JAMA. 1972;222(10):1310-1311. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03210100058030

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To the Editor.—  I have read with interest the various comments in the letters column about acupuncture anesthesia, especially those of Popkin (220:1359,1972) and Liu (221:87, 1972). I recently returned from a threeweek tour of medical institutions in the People's Republic of China with the Medical Committee for Human Rights. Though our concern was to observe primarily the distribution and management of health services, and none of us were surgeons or anesthesiologists, our hosts gave us a broad exposure to acupuncture. I made several observations at that time that I have yet to see commented upon in our discussions in the literature.With regard to the aforementioned letters, by far the most impressive thing to me about acupuncture anesthesia was not the anesthetic, painremoving effect itself, but rather the procedure's effect on the autonomicnervous system. I observed a hemigastrectomy for pyloric stenosis during which the patient was not only alert