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The above is an expression used in Chinese cities by those practitioners who desire to have it known that they are learned in foreign medical methods. When a native doctor puts on his sign-board the words, "western healing," he relies upon this announcement as a means of attracting patients; he appeals to a sentiment which he knows is already widely diffused—so widely, in fact, that it now offers the best method of securing lucrative practice. Such sign-boards are not infrequent and may be found even in the country districts remote from the provincial cities. This fact is more significant when contrasted with some of the incidents in the early history of "western healing" in Canton, as recorded in the earliest reports of medical missionary work in that city. When the first important case of surgery was presented at the Canton hospital, it was necessary to amputate the man's arm with
" WESTERN HEALING" IN CHINA.. JAMA. 1890;XV(14):510. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410400026008