Medicine: Chinese Herb Doctor

The busiest doctor in Chungking last week was Chang Chien-tsai, a spidery, parchment-skinned man of 64 who never studied anatomy, dissected a cadaver or saw a microbe. He is one of the 800,000 herb doctors who still provide most of China's medical care. (At the highest estimate, there are only 12,000 Western-trained physicians in China.)

A stream of patients keeps Dr. Chang busy in his office from noon until nearly midnight. After that he visits his private patients. What amazes Westerners in Chungking is not the number of his patients but their...

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