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[Perspectives] Shengshou Hu: leader of cardiac surgery and health reform in China

“Wise man finds pleasure in streams”, says an old Chinese saying. Being at one with water has always been part of Chinese cardiac surgeon Shengshou Hu’s life, from the wide waters of the Yangtze river to the swimming pool close to his professional home today in Beijing, where he is President of Fuwai Hospital, affiliated with the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences. “As a young man, swimming across the Yangtze river with its strong currents seemed a good metaphor for life, and even today I find swimming a good time for reflection and relaxation, especially after surgery”, he says.

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