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PKU makes sure doctors are slim and tall

The Beijing News
April 21, 2009

The Peking University Health Science Center, the university's medical school, recently released admission standards that disqualify applicants deemed overweight, short (1.6m for men and 1.5m for women), or who have liver conditions, despite their academic performance.

Yirenping (益仁平), a Beijing-based non-governmental organization that is dedicated to helping patients suffering from AIDS, Hepatitis B, and other chronic diseases, criticized the rules as discriminatory and unconstitutional. In addition, the organization filed a complaint with the government, demanding that the rules be canceled.

The university administration responded by stating the standards are responsible because applicants who fall under the listed categories would have a high chance of unemployment upon graduation if they were admitted. "If we don't screen them now, it will be too late when they regret their choice," said an anonymous source responsible for recruitment at the school.

The large front-page photo shows South Korean's Dokdo, one of 21 naval vessels attending the April 23 fleet review, docking at Qingdao's military port.

The amphibious landing ship has full load displacement of about 18,000 tons. Due to its size and versatility in operation, the ship is called a "quasi-carrier" (准航母) in the caption beneath the photo.

The headline above the photo reads "China's nuclear submarine will attend the fleet review."

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"The Peking University Health Science Center, the university's medical school...released admission standards that disqualify applicants deemed...short (1.6m for men and 1.5m for women)..."

As I lay there in the hallway of the Shenzhen Second People's Hospital (深圳人民二医院) untreated for several hours, my right hand almost severed by a thief's knife, I pondered many things.

Why wouldn't they operate on my hand? How could I go to an ATM to get money for medical treatment, since I couldn't even walk? Would they sever my hand, as they had strongly recommended, even without my permission?

In the end, a doctor took pity on me and operated even though she knew if I didn't have the money to pay for the emergency operation, it would be deducted from her monthly salary. That was, she told me, official policy.

I can tell you from personal experience: What China needs is medical workers with a basic sense of humanity...and not doctors and nurses who are all at least 1.5/1.6m tall!

Bruce Humes

If they operated on you even if they know you couldn't pay doesn't that mean they do have a basic sense of humanity?

A shame China's leaders don't have physical standards that need to be met as well. Then we wouldn't have bloated, ugly, toad-like scum like Jia Qinglin or Li Peng...

(or unfortunately the revered Deng Xiaoping as well!)

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