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February 15, 1941

Test Tubes and Dragon Scales

JAMA. 1941;116(7):658. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820070108042

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This book relates numerous incidents that occurred in China when a young American physician went to Chungking to become busily engaged in medical work in an American founded hospital. Chungking, now the capital of China, was founded about 2200 B. C. This prosperous port at the confluence of two rivers clung to its ancient pattern of existence until a short time ago, when war forced the removal of China's capital back into the deep interior. When Dr. Basil left Chungking in 1932 the city was almost the same as it had been centuries before. His patients had been mostly poor Chinese, but some of them were generals, politicians and communists, as Chungking formerly was the center for the Chinese Communist army, which later threw all its strength into the defense of China against a foreign aggressor. This experience gave the author opportunity to look into the ancient Chinese pharmacopeia and

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