Picturing health: 35 years of photojournalism at WHO


Acupuncture, the WHO view: China, 1979
Patient with acupuncture needles on the face, China
WHO/Didier Henrioud

In 1979, Didier Henrioud travelled to China to photograph the uses of acupuncture for anaesthesia. He visited the Institute of Lung Diseases in Beijing, the Provincial Hospital of Traditional Medicine in Nanjing, and a series of county hospitals. His trip coincided with the Chinese National Symposium on Acupuncture, Moxibustion and Acupuncture Anaesthesia in Beijing, as well as a WHO interregional seminar on the same subject. Mr Henrioud's photographs were published that same year in an article entitled Acupuncture: the WHO view.

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