In my close relatives, there were three and half doctors. Two uncles in my father side , one was conventional medicine doctor, I called him uncle Six and one was Chinese medicine doctor, I called him uncle One.
Uncle Six did very well in medical school and He had worked in a state owned company until Chinese economic reform began. Then he opened his own practical clinic. He found that he had diabetes in his late thirties.
In his last few years, he went to Chinese doctors to seek help. I still remember that he came to my family and went to a Chinese doctor in another province with my mother because my mother had seen this doctor for a while for a lump in her breast.
My mother’s lump was gone with this doctors’ herb medicine and uncle Six heard that.
He wanted to see this doctor, too because insulin could not help him anymore. It was from him that I heard the word insulin for the first time. That was long time ago.
Anyway, this Chinese doctor did not keep him long. He died of diabetes at age of 42 in 1981.
To be continued