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May 9, 1977

Medicine in Chinese Cultures: Comparative Studies of Health Care in Chinese and Other Societies

JAMA. 1977;237(19):2126. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270460116038

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It is difficult to discuss this book as a cohesive entity, as it consists of 49 individual articles, including an introduction and an epilogue, and discussions of various papers by 33 participants in this interesting symposium. But those readers who are interested in the subject of Chinese medicine and medicine in China will find in this collection much rewarding information offered by well-known writers on the subject who congregated for the conference from all over the world. I would especially note the last publication of Dr Irene Täuber, the famous demographer and anthropologist of Princeton University, whose death occurred even before the book was published. Her contribution on "Health, Mortality and Population Growth of the Peoples Republic of China" is a worthy monument of her many productive years of research into the life and customs of the peoples of the Far East.

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