National Geographic : 1971 Dec
watched both open-heart surgery and the removal of a tumor from the throat of a 54 year-old woman. It was true-the only anes thetic we saw used was acupuncture needles. When the surgeon, Dr. Chu Yu-kuang, made the incision into the throat to remove the tumor, the fully conscious woman never twitched-which is more than I can say for the observers. Seconds after Dr. Chu tied the last suture, she sat up and ate mandarin orange sections. Then she rose unassisted from the operating table, thanked the surgeon and the two acupuncturists, and walked out, Women machinists operate a precision metal cutter (top) at a shop in fast-industrializing Fanch'eng. Women enjoy pay and promotions equivalent to men's; female managers run several of China's largest textile mills. Made in China: The 10,000-ton freighter East Wind rides at anchor in Shanghai harbor. Ship building is a relatively new industry for China, and blueprints for future construction call for vessels of 30,000 tons-still small compared to Japanese-built behemoths of ten times that size.