Medicine: Where East Meets West

Shops closed, windows were shuttered, and even the bazaars were half deserted in teeming Lucknow (pop. 500,000), capital of Uttar Pradesh province. Students stormed through the streets, set up loudspeakers outside the Council House, bombarded a captive audience of state legislators with fiery exhortations. On their way to another demonstration, a group collided head-on with short-tempered police: brickbats flew, steel-tipped lathis flailed, shots were fired. A passing water carrier was killed; the wounded totaled 31.

Cause of the strife was a medical dispute that is symptomatic of modern India : should aspiring healers...

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