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Journal of Integrative Medicine ›› 2016, Vol. 14 ›› Issue (4): 285-290.doi: 10.1016/S2095-4964(16)60253-4

Special Issue: Acupuncture & Moxibustion

• Medical History • Previous Articles     Next Articles

The history of acupuncture anesthesia for pneumonectomy in Shanghai during the 1960s

Li-gong Liua, Arthur Yin Fanb , Hong Zhouc, Jun Hud   

  1. a Department of Literature Research, Shanghai Research Center of Acupuncture and Meridian, Shanghai; 200030, China 
    b McLean Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, PLC., Vienna, VA 22182, USA 
    c Department of Acupuncture Anesthesia Clinical Research, Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital, Shanghai 200433, China 
    d Acu-Herbs Healing, Citrus Heights, CA 95610, USA
  • Received:2015-12-31 Accepted:2016-02-01 Online:2016-06-15 Published:2016-07-15
  • Contact: Arthur Yin Fan; E-mail: ArthurFan@ChineseMedicineDoctor.US

The success of acupuncture anesthesia (AA) for pneumonectomy in Shanghai in 1960 was a key event for AA gaining practical clinical application. The effort was a close collaboration between the Shanghai First Tuberculosis Hospital and the Shanghai Institute of Acupuncture and Moxibustion. One of the most important factors of AA success was the great financial and political support provided by the Chinese central government and Shanghai local government. In December 1965 the State Science and Technology Commission of China issued a formal document acknowledging AA as an important first-level national achievement of the integration of Chinese and Western medicine, and a collaborative effort of the whole scientific community in China. AA was an important influential factor that helped acupuncture spread across the world.

Key words: Acupuncture anesthesia, Pneumonectomy, Shanghai, History of medicine

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