Medicine: Quick, the Needle!

For four days, talk of modern medicine was barred from Paris' Maison de la Médecine. The squat hall, across the square from Napoleon's tomb, was taken over by the latter-day devotees of a "healing" art older than Western civilization itself: the International Society of Acupuncture. His Imperial Highness Prince Buu Loc, Vietnamese Ambassador to France, assured the 350 delegates from 16 countries that the Western world was at last recognizing the virtues of acupuncture —the ancient Chinese custom of giving the patient the needles.

None of the acupuncturists had any doubts as to the efficacy of their gold and silver needles, with...

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