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 To Be a Revolutionary Health Fighter Boundlessly Loyal to Chairman Mao

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by Chao Pu-yu

Medical orderly of the P.L.A. 3016 Unit


Source: Peking Review, No. 25, June 20, 1969
Transcribed by www.wengewang.org

    Fighting in Defence of Chairman Mao's Revolutionary Line in Health Work

    I ENLISTED in March 1966. Before that, I had had four years of schooling. In the army I was assigned to learn the work of a medical orderly.
     In February last year, I joined a Mao Tsetung Thought propaganda team composed of medical workers. We went to the factories and villages to spread Mao Tsetung Thought while giving acupuncture treatment to the workers and poor and lower-middle peasants. At first, when I met up with patients seriously ill or some difficult case or other, I would tell them: "I'm only a medical orderly. I can treat minor ailments, but not a case like yours. You'd better go to a big hospital." I never thought this remark touched a sore spot until one old man told me: "Those bourgeois trained doctors in the big hospitals don't care a straw about the workers and poor and lower-middle peasants." He had had trouble with his left leg for ten years now, and had been to several big hospitals to see about it. The bourgeois trained doctors there, however, never treated it seriously. Now the sensory nerve in this leg had become numb.
     Such persecution of the working people as the result of Liu Shao-chi's counter-revolutionary revisionist line in medical and health work filled me with the deepest anger. I again studied Chairman Mao's great instruction on medical and health work and other relevant teachings, and resolved to fight in defence of his revolutionary health line.
     From then on, I spared no effort learning and practising acupuncture treatment so as to be able to treat the masses. In order to cure that old man's leg trouble, I learnt needling from the army doctors and experienced medical orderlies in my health section. Whenever they showed me an acupuncture point, I tried the needle treatment out on the same point in my body. When this point became blue and swollen from my practice, I switched to another. After a few days, I began to see the way to cure the old man. Then I went to his home every day and started treating him. After five or six days, I had good results. His leg felt better, although the nerve was still numb. I asked one of the doctors about this, and he helped me diagnose the symptoms and suggested that I try strong stimulation. I look several long needles and inserted them deep into my own leg in experiment. Then I tried it out on the old man. After a few times, sweat appeared on his crippled leg. where none had been for a dozen years. He and his family were overjoyed, and I myself was too happy to sleep that night. After another period of treatment, the leg was cured.
     I summed up the experience I had gained in this case. Not long after that, I mastered the acupuncture treatment of many commonplace diseases. I have cured workers and poor and lower-middle peasants of difficult diseases including paralysis and blindness, and more common ones such as tracheitis, arthritis, asthma, and gastric troubles.

Relying on Mao Tsetung Thought to Open Up the "Forbidden Zone" of Curing Deaf-Mutes

     Later, the leadership sent me to a school for deaf-mutes in Liaoyuan to spread Mao Tsetung Thought and give the students acupuncture treatment I was deeply pained to see these students unable to hear Chairman Mao's voice or cheer "Long live Chairman Mao!'' though they had ears and a mouth like anybody else. I secretly vowed to Chairman Mao: Chairman Mao, dear Chairman Mao! I'll act according to your instructions, bring your deep concern to the deaf-mute students, and help them hear your great voice and speak out what's in their hearts — their wish for a long, long life to you!
     News that we were treating the deaf-mute students jolted the so-called "noted doctors'' and "specialists."' One physician, an expert who had studied in Japan, said: "I've studied medicine for decades but never heard that the dumb can be cured with needling. If this should happen, then the sun must be rising from the west."
     Chairman Mao has taught us: "The movement of change in the world of objective reality is never-ending and so is man's cognition of truth through practice."

I thought to myself, since such an affliction exists, man can certainly learn to recognize and cure it. We are revolutionary fighters armed with Mao Tsetung Thought. We must throw away all bourgeois inhibitions and open up the "forbidden zone" of curing deaf-mutes.
     I first practised on myself. Facing a mirror, I repeatedly inserted the needle in my own body into acupuncture points having to do with deaf-muteness. As I was doing it on myself, sometimes the needle was hard to manage and caused such pain that beads of sweat poured down my face. I would then encourage myself with Chairman Mao's great teaching: "Be resolute, fear no sacrifice and surmount every difficulty to win victory." I practised so constantly those days that my head was always dizzy and my ears rang, and I found it difficult to open my mouth to swallow food. But I was always filled with strength and no longer felt the pain when I remembered that I was fighting in defence of Chairman Mao's revolutionary line in health work. After nearly a hundred experiments in which I had inserted the needle several hundred times into my own body, I gradually mastered the way to cure deaf-muteness.
     Then I began to treat the students. After a time, most of them could hear, yet they could not speak. Some that did speak did so very indistinctly. I noticed that when the needle was inserted rather deeply at the acupuncture points around the ear it brought greater effect and the students regained their hearing very quickly. This set me thinking that the reason the students failed to regain their voices was perhaps because the needle insertion into the ya men point [an important point in the body for the acupuncture treatment of muteness] was not deep enough. I decided to experiment on myself and make a deep insertion at my ya men point.
     Before doing so, I looked through some books on acupuncture, hoping to find light. But all the books said the same thing: Deep insertion is forbidden at the ya men point. Here, they said, insertion to a depth of one cun1 would turn a sound person dumb and insertion of 1.5 cun * endangers life. Chairman Mao's teaching on serving the people "wholly" and "entirely" gave me courage and strength. I took up the acupuncture needle and inserted it deeply into my ya men point. When the needle reached a little over one cun, both my arms felt very numb.   A struggle arose in my mind:

If I went on any further, I might really become dumb or even kill myself. Then I thought of Chairman Mao's teachings: "Wherever there is struggle there is sacrifice" and "to die for the people is weightier than Mount Tai." They gave me renewed courage and strength. I decided to carry on. When I inserted the needle 1.5 cun into the ya men point, my arms and hands were so painful and numb that the hand holding the needle could hardly press it in any further. Reciting to myself "Be resolute, fear no sacrifice and surmount every difficulty to win victory," I continued to press the needle in until it reached a depth of over 2 cun. At this point I felt my head swelling, my whole body was numb and my throat felt hot. Only then did I pull the needle out. I had finally explored the ya men point and opened up a forbidden zone! I jumped with joy. Then I thought that this was only the first attempt, so I took up the needle again and inserted it into the ya men point five times in succession despite the pain. No other unusual feeling of discomfort appeared.
  The next day, I tried it out on the student Wang Ya-chin. After three days of treatment, this girl who had been deaf and dumb for 15 years was able for the first time in her life to cry out "Long live Chairman Mao!"
     Thanks to the persistent efforts of the propaganda team comrades, after a period of treatment by deep insertion at the ya men point, 157 of the 168 students in the school were able to hear and 149 to cheer "Long live Chairman Mao!" Forty-five could sing the song The East Is Red and perform other items to propagate Mao Tsetung Thought. (This journal has carried two previous reports on how these P.L.A. medical workers cured deaf-mutes. They appeared in our issues No. 46, 1968 and No. 14, 1969. — Ed.)

Scaling New Heights in Medicine for The People's Cause

     By following Chairman Mao's great teachings I made some progress, and the Party and the people conferred on me many honours. At this time, some so-called "famous doctors" and "specialists" spoke out in flattery. "Just think of that," they said, '-you've had only four years of schooling, but you've opened up the forbidden zone of curing deaf-mutes with a single little needle. It is indeed rare to find a man with such talent! You will no doubt become a great man in future!" The flattery of the bourgeoisie put me on guard.
     With this problem in mind, I studied Chairman Mao's works. I thought: "The leadership praised me in order to encourage me to speed up my advance along the broad road of serving the people. The bourgeoisie flattered me so that honours would go to my head and turn it. I'm Chairman Mao's health fighter, so I must march forward unswervingly on the road of serving the people wholeheartedly as Chairman Mao has pointed out. I must never allow myself to be overwhelmed by honours."
     The woman teacher Wang Chiao-hsia, a victim of gastroptosis, prolapse of the uterus and hypertension, came to me for medical treatment. I had never treated such diseases before, but recalling Chairman Mao's great teaching "Serve the people," 1 agreed to attend to her. Her condition was serious. I thought hard for several days but could find no way to cure her. At this critical moment, some "famous doctors" and "specialists" again came to me to offer advice. "Young Chao," they said, "you're different now from what you were. You'd better be more careful in every way."
     I chewed these words over and found them not to my taste. Why am I different from what I was? 1 was a medical orderly; I am still a medical orderly. When these people tell me I'm different from before, they can only mean that now the Party and the people had given me honours, I mustn't risk losing them. I saw the light. I realized that a sharp struggle between the proletarian ideology and the bourgeois ideology was involved here: either I refuse to treat Wang Chiao-hsia and keep my honours, or I should be unafraid of losing my honours and plunge ahead and serve the people wholeheartedly. I made up my mind to serve the people wholeheartedly as always.
     Following Chairman Mao's teaching on grasping the principal contradiction, I diagnosed Wang Chiao-hsia's symptoms. She has had gastroptosis for twelve years. Her stomach had sunk to the area of the pelvis, causing prolapse of the uterus. She was greatly handicapped in her work and daily life. This created a big mental burden and brought on high blood pressure. Judged from all this, the principal contradiction was her gastroptosis. So I concentrated my efforts on treating this ailment first. But where to begin? I thought it possible that gastroptosis may have been caused by relaxation of the gastric nerves. Mightn't it be cured if these nerves were restored to their normal function? I associated this with carrying things in a net bag. If you take hold of the draw string, you can lift the bag. Acting on this principle, would a strong insertion at a point towards the middle of the stomach and two deep insertions through either side of the stomach work?
     Again, 1 experimented on myself. When the needle was inserted to a depth of over 3 am, I had a fooling of heaviness in the abdomen. I then inserted two other needles through both sides of my stomach, and felt a strong reaction. I was elated. I used this method on Wang Chiao-hsia.
     After three weeks of treatment, Wang's stomach rose again to a point above the navel. I followed this up with treating her of prolapse of the uterus. To make sure, I also experimented first on similar points in my own body. After Wang's prolapse was cured with only one needling, she was so happy that her high blood pressure dropped almost to normal without any treatment at all. Now Wang Chiao-hsia has completely regained her health.
     Nurtured by Mao Tsetung Thought, I have given acupuncture treatment to over 4,000 people in the past year. I have not only cured some commonplace and recurrent diseases but also a number of rare ones.
     In future, I am determined to redouble my efforts in the living study and application of Mao Tsetung Thought, give full play to the revolutionary spirit of dauntlessness, remain modest and prudent, continue to make revolution and always be a revolutionary health fighter boundlessly loyal to Chairman Mao.
    

* In acupuncture, the depth to which the needle is inserted varies according to person. Cun and fen arc used to denote it. When the patient forms a ring by joining his middle finger to his thumb, the distance obtained between the ends of the two lines on the lateral side of the second row of the middle finger is one cun. One cun equals ten fen. — Ed.
  
  
  

 
 
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