STANLEY J. BODNER
To the editor: With an eye to the East, a surge of interest in Oriental medical techniques is appearing in the West. Even so, Dr. Cheng's description (Ann Intern Med 78:285-290, 1973) of thoracic surgery using acupuncture anesthesia leaves me breathless. Could Dr. Cheng or any of his cardiology colleagues, either at the Thoracic Hospital in Shanghai or at the George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, explain what force, during thoracotomy, keeps the patient's lungs inflated?
The vivid illustration of a patient eating mandarin oranges during open thoracotomy seems impossible.
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BODNER SJ. Adequate Ventilation with Acupuncture Anesthesia?. Ann Intern Med. 1973;78:975–976. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-78-6-975
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;78(6):975-976.
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