Medicine: With Needle & Wormwood

China's Communists have recently reported striking victories over some of the country's ancient scourges. Amoebic dysentery, for instance, is rampant where drinking water is likely to come from an open sewer, and by the standards of Western medicine it is a stubborn disorder to cure. But a hospital in Shanghai reports 100% success in 16 cases treated with pai ton weng (white-haired elder), a medicinal herb touted in a medical classic of about 2,000 years ago. So now a factory in Hankow is making a drug brewed from this widely grown herb.

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