Medicine: Sick China

In pestilence-ridden China, the pagoda-like buildings of Peiping Union Medical College ("Johns Hopkins of the Orient") have been a symbol of medical hope. Started in 1921 with Rockefeller money, the college was the birthplace of Chinese public health work, and trained many of China's modern medical leaders. The Japanese looted it, and after V-J day it served as headquarters for General George Marshall's abortive peace mission. Last week the college had an electrifying rebirth: the Rockefeller Foundation gave $10 million to restore and reopen it at better than prewar strength.*

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