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March 11, 1974

A Mini-Symposium on Acupuncture

Author Affiliations

George Washington University Washington, DC

JAMA. 1974;227(10):1123. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230230014008

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To the Editor.—  Dr. Robert Macintosh (226:1360, 1973) quoted me as being mistaken when I said, "The specificity of different points (for needling) is of great importance in acupunctural anesthesia" (J Am Geriatr Soc 21:289, 1973).But, he left out the next sentence in my article, namely, "The relative specificities of points reflect the fact that there are certain special connections between different parts of the body." These connections are called meridians or Ching-lo.Acupunctural anesthesia for thyroidectomy as practiced in the People's Republic of China has been induced by placement of the needles in different points. Unfortunately, Dr. Macintosh failed to appreciate the fact that San-yang-lo referred to in Dimond's article (218:1558, 1971), Fuh-t'u in Gray's article (Anaesth Intensive Care 1:169, 1972), and Ho-ku in Geiger's article (World Med Aug 22, 1973, pp 15-23) are not chosen at random but are all interconnected by meridians. These points must be