Cardiologist Dimond, admirer-younger colleague of Paul Dudley White and longtime friend of Edgar Snow, made three trips to China in 1971-2-3 -- after the door was opened -- to observe and report on Chinese medicine. The book is an extension of these trips -- from the particulars of a ""structured"" travel regimen and rather ""controlled"" friendships to his comments on the quietly changing, strengthening country since the partial depoliticization. Dimond witnessed acupuncture anesthesia as used on anything from brain tumors to cataracts: he also saw instances where more modern medicine replaced the traditional in the cases of Reston's appendectomy and Snow's malignancy. Re the practitioners of acupuncture, he indicates the liabilities (lack of training -- even 5th graders use needles on each other -- and the risk of hepatitis) versus the genuine assets -- for both psychosomatic and muscular conditions. This reasoned report includes an overview of national health (no drugs, no venereal disease, a general cleanup of conditions); the availability of paramedical personnel and lower costs; ranging still further to the other sanguine aspects of life in China today -- its prevailing morality and stability. A punctilious, considered and above all fair-minded view.