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March 1942

Chinese Lessons to Western Medicine.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1942;69(3):549. doi:10.1001/archinte.1942.00200150182015

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This book is particularly interesting because it so well points out how much valuable information can be obtained in medicine by applying new methods to old problems.

Clearly the medical clinic at Peiping Union Medical College is as up-to-date and modern as can be. The records, roentgenograms, clinical charts, photographs and laboratory data in use there prove this and compare favorably in their modernity with any in America. On the other hand, the diseases which are encountered are mostly as old as Chinaitself, handed on from one generation to the next, perhaps modified by superstition, constitutional peculiarities, eating habits, education, available food or even by the vicissitudes of war and famine.

That all these factors have influenced the clinical picture of disease during the course of time is strongly suggested by comparing the description of what the author has observed there with what most physicians encountered in this country in

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