TSUNG O. CHENG, M.D., F.A.C.P.
As the fifth American, but the first Chinese-born, physician to have visited China in 22 years, I recount what I saw in modern China. Chinese medicine has made great strides in the past two decades, especially in the field of cardiology, which is my main interest. The frequency of coronary artery disease is definitely on the rise. Rheumatic heart disease is still prevalent. All types of congenital heart defects have been successfully repaired by open heart surgery with Chinese-made heart-lung machines. Cardiac surgery, either open or closed, is often performed under acupunctural anesthesia. The latter is a typical example of what can be accomplished through the integration of traditional Chinese medicine and modern Western medicine. Today in China the two are combined in teaching, research, development, and patient care and work together in vigorously and effectively serving the health needs of the entire 700 million Chinese.
CHENG TO. A View of Modern Chinese Medicine: Observations by a Shanghai-Born Physician During His Recent Visit After 22 Years of Absence. Ann Intern Med. ;78:285–290. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-78-2-285
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