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June 17, 1974


JAMA. 1974;228(12):1577-1578. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230370059030

Twelve years ago, on May 12, 1962, an article entitled "Acupuncture Therapy—Past and Present: Verity or Delusion" was published in The Journal and it gave rise to considerable astonishment among Journal readership. The author of this article received many letters of inquiry from all over the United States and Europe, and was mentioned approvingly in the Chinese newspaper Ta Kung Pao. In the intervening decade, or more precisely, in the last three years, the term acupuncture has become a household word in the United States, and the question raised in 1962, as to whether it is "Verity or Delusion" has been answered affirmatively by a great many American physicians who have seen it applied in the People's Republic of China. Most of these Western observers have been astounded by the extraordinary effect of the acupuncture needles or needle in producing surgical analgesia, profound enough for the performance of major operations.