Shelley Oches left her private acupuncture practice in Louisville,
Kentucky eight months ago to study classical Chinese medicine—a
tradition that has largely been phased out of medical schools in China
as Western medicine has come into vogue in the globalizing country.
Dim natural light streamed into the room, where a hospital bed stretched nearly the length of one wall. A monk, two translators and four of my fellow correspondents crowded around me as a Taoist doctor rattled off my diagnosis.
“No, breast disease...
“No, not now. In the future. Maybe.”
I panicked, searching the eyes of each person in the room for reassurance. Nothing. My colleagues looked glad they were not in my position.