With neither intention nor planning, this issue has nevertheless emerged as one on differentiating and balancing perspectives. It includes three beautifully written articles on how medicine takes variegated forms as a cultural and social mediator in the political settings of war, exile, and a more engaged China. Additionally, after more than fourteen months of preparation, we are pleased to present a forum on an intellectually intense and emotionally taxing article by John Law and Wen-yuan Lin, two senior members of the EASTS editorial board.

Keiko Daidoji and Eric Karchmer's article on Suzhou National Medicine Hospital during the Second World War shows how two differentiated medical traditions, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Kampo, sought convergence in the making of a single institution. Under a temporary political scheme established by two weak regimes, a number of innovative ideas were proposed for Suzhou National...

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