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July 1976

On Having a Myocardial Infarction in China

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, University of Missouri—Kansas City.

Arch Intern Med. 1976;136(7):803. doi:10.1001/archinte.1976.03630070047014

In this issue of the Archives, Lehman and Basch report a case history of distinction. Briefly, an American scientist, traveling in the People's Republic of China, has a myocardial infarction. The infarction is complicated immediately by arrhythmias and cardiac arrest. An American physician in his travel party quickly becomes the consultant to his ailing companion.

The subsequent events are a mixture of international diplomacy, standard therapy, exotic suggestions, and a happy ending.

The speed with which medical care can be assembled within the Chinese system is an example of why visitors to China have been alerted to potential lessons to be learned from the Chinese health care system.

As you read this mixture of case report and international incident, identify for yourself the following hints of things to be learned or at least evaluated: What is the possible therapeutic action of Salvia miltiorrhiza?

  1. What evidence do the Chinese cardiologists have

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