Sunday update: Chinese medical care

My friend Adam Minter, who has a blog here and a very good article in the current issue of the Atlantic here, says that I should be grateful that my recent Chinese operation involved an offending item so small that it was vaporized in the process of being removed. Otherwise, he says (based on first-hand observation), I could have expected to be be presented with the excised cyst — or vertebra, or tonsil, or tumor — as soon as the operation was over, as proof that the work was done to spec. More or less the way you’d expect to get the old oil filter back after a car oil change — except, Adam says, that the parts he’s seen returned have been nicely boxed and gift-wrapped, like candy.