Test Tubes Dragon Scales

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2010-02-26
  • Publisher: Routledge
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This is a fascinating account of life in China in the 1920's and 1930's, as seen through the eyes of a young American doctor based in the ancient Szechuan city of Chunking, one of China's richest, most powerful and romantic ports. Fascinated by Chinese medicine and anxious to learn more about it, Basil agrees to supervise a Chinese hospital and is plunged into an alien and exotic world both medieval and modern, where the old China of coolies and rickshaws mix with the rising militarism that would soon overtake the country. As he learns more about traditional Chinese remedies, Basil is drawn into the turbulent politics of the period, treating Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek and witnessing conflict between the communists and the central government as he goes on his medical rounds, treating patients while comparing Chinese methods with his own. Basil enters fully into the life of the city, travelling the river by sampan, dallying in markets, watching fortune tellers, entering into strange friendships and, through medicine, gaining intimate glimpses into the heart of the Chinese character, and into the complexities of their internal politics that would shortly erupt into war. He also makes insightful comparisons between the health of Chinese and western people. Vivid prose brings the city and its people to life, complimented by delightful line drawings.

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