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December 10, 1973


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University of Oxford

JAMA. 1973;226(11):1360. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03230110048022

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To the Editor.—  A few weeks ago I expressed the opinion that in acupuncture for surgery, success depends on the suggestibility of the patient and not on the skill of the acupuncturist in placing the needles accurately. My belief is strengthened by the contradictions in the accounts of thyroidectomy by recent visitors to China.In The Journal (218:1558,1971) Dr. E. Grey Dimond wrote,One... needle was inserted in the extensor aspect of each forearm, at a point approximately four inches proximal to the wrist, between the radius and ulna. This point was carefully selected and identified as the most effective for anesthesia in thyroid surgery.In Dr. R. W. J. Gray's case,"... a needle was placed each side of the neck posteriorly" (Anaesth Intens Care 1:169, 1972). Dr. Jack Geiger wrote that he "... watched a young actress undergo thyroidectomy with only vigorous bilateral massage of the Ho-ku area—no needles—to induce