Medicine: Acupuncture Revisited

At the time when acupuncture has won thousands of advocates in North America and Europe, the Chinese themselves are using the technique less frequently—and then usually in conjunction with anesthetics and analgesics borrowed from the West. That is the conclusion of Dr. Patrick D. Wall, head of the cerebral-functions unit at University College, London, after a visit to China.

Wall, an internationally recognized researcher into the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system, did not investigate the effectiveness of analgesic acupuncture for the treatment of persistent pain, but concentrated on its use as...

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