OA famous doctor in the Eastern Han Dynasty, to commemorate an old man who had transferred the medical knowledge and technology to him, hung a “drug gourd” outside his pharmacy as a sign of practicing medicine. Since then, “Hanging Gourd to Save Patients” (Xuan Hu Ji Shi) has become a proverb and also a mission for ancient and modern doctors.
Dr. Zhaolin Lu (Figure 1) graduated from the Department of Medicine of Shanghai First Medical College (now Fudan University Shanghai Medical College) in 1963 and has served the Department of Endocrinology of Peking Union Medical College Hospital (PUMCH) for nearly six decades. He has witnessed the development of endocrinology in PUMCH and in China.
He is often affectionately called “Lu Lao” (highly respected senior with a surname of Lu) by younger doctors and nurses in PUMCH.