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In an operating room at the University of Shanghai, a 28-year-old female patient was prepped for "open-heart surgery" to repair her mitral valve. In lieu of standard anesthesia, her only anesthetic was an acupuncture needle in her right earlobe that was connected to an electrical source. Skeptical article by Gary P. Posner, M.D. and Wallace Sampson, M. D., originally published in The Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine (Fall/Winter 1999) [Includes links to photographs of the surgery]