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September 1971

Ping Pong Surgery

Arch Surg. 1971;103(3):337-338. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1971.01350090019002

Since April 1971, the news media have published a number of articles from several American correspondents who, after 20 years of knocking at the door, have been granted visas to enter the People's Republic of China. Surgery, medicine, and public health in China have received more attention in these communications than any other subjects.*

One reason for the medical emphasis is that in China today one sees a unique program to merge a system of indigenous medicine, which dates back to the dawn of Chinese civilization and has no scientific basis, with modern Western medicine. Diagnosis in traditional Chinese medicine is based primarily on inspection of the patient, study of the tongue, and meticulous palpation of the pulse. The pulse is believed to be divided into segments each of which represents a parenchymatous organ, and the state of an organ is reflected in the rate, strength, and direction of the