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March 11, 1974

A Mini-Symposium on Acupuncture

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San Francisco

JAMA. 1974;227(10):1122-1123. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230230014007

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To the Editor.—  Thoracic surgery, which less than ten years ago was thought to require the placement of as many as 40 needles, is now being accomplished with only one needle with no less satisfactory results (Chinese Med J 2:17, 1973).In the same issue, a report from the Shanghai First People's Hospital on acupuncture anesthesia in thyroidectomy reviews the results of using 12 different sets of acupuncture points in 700 cases. All were satisfactory, but the authors concluded that "the results with the futu set in the region of the dermatome over the thyroid gland were distinctly better than the other sets."These and other reports indicate that the analgesia secured by acupuncture is more than a matter of suggestibility, albeit the importance of the psychological preparation of the patient is readily accepted.In the People's Republic of China in the summer of 1972,I witnessed various applications of acupuncture