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January 12, 1935

Medicine Man in China

JAMA. 1935;104(2):142. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760020058034

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Deep in a remote province of China larger than France and Germany combined, a young French physician worked for a few years in the medical school in Chentu. He tells the story almost in a fictional manner, but it is clear to the reader that he is dealing with the naked truth. A fine journalistic instinct makes his story full of humor and gives to the reader an understanding of Chinese character such as he would hardly be likely to get from a much more abstruse and scientific volume. Dr. Gervais left China because he feared that it would eventually absorb him as it has absorbed many other Caucasians who have lived too long under its subtle dominion, and yet at the same time he felt that he would always remain a foreigner to the Chinese civilization.

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