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Letters From Readers
    2015-10-19  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    ON Oct. 5, Chinese Professor Tu Youyou co-won the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine due to the artemisinin she and partners abstracted during the 1970s for eliminating malaria. This news greatly surprised everyone.

    No doubt, Professor Tu’s success rested on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). She admitted that she had been inspired by the claim, “Immersing a bundle of artemisia in a liter of water, and then drink the juice after twisting the artemisia (青蒿一握,水一升渍,绞取汁服)” recorded in the ancient Chinese medical book, “First-Aid Prescriptions Handbook” (《肘后备急方》) by Ge Hong (葛洪) from the remote East Jin Dynasty (265-420).

    Professor Tu getting inspiration from TCM clearly indicates that we should not only learn from foreign medicine, but we should also focus on domestic knowledge. However, we should not be so extreme as to think that China’s moon is brighter than other countries’.

    Many people think that Professor Tu’s success is the success of TCM. To a certain degree, this is a big misunderstanding. Professor Tu won the Nobel Prize because she first found the claim mentioned above and then created a modern pharmaceutical method and process for abstracting artemisinin after 190 failed attempts. In other words, even though she was inspired by TCM, if she and partners had no scientific innovation, maybe her method for extracting artemisinin would not have been discovered. To be more accurate, Tu’s success should be attributed to her and her partners’ innovation.  Jiang Tanjun via email

    

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