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Dr.Yu with his “Tower of Teeth”

发表于:2015-08-26 18:03来源:美冠塔口腔
 Dr.Yu with his “Tower of Teeth”, plus John Lueth and Dr. Lin for good measure.
We Recognized That a Long Time Ago
  Retired Northwestern District dentist David J. Fihn, Detroit Lakes, was recently recognized in the Rotary International magazine as recipient of the Rotary Foundation Global Service to Humanity Award. A stalwart of the NWDDS, Dr. Fthn's work with Rotary International has taken him on dental missions all over the world. We are proud of his lifetime of achievement in this area, congratulate him on this well-deserved award, and are always glad to see him safely hack home, too. Well done, Dave.
Last Call
  The NWDDDS Summer Meeting for 2006 will be Friday, June 16, at the Hampton Inn in Bemidji. The speaker will be Dr. Marvin Berman, a pedodontist from Chicago and a highly regarded speaker. Plan on a fun and productive day for the entire staff on the shores of beautiful Lake Bemidji -- (there's great fishing there too!).
  For further information about reg4stration, please contact Dr. Roger Sjulson, 109 Johnson Avenue North, Fosston, 56452; phone (218) 435- 1599; fax (218) 435-6568. 
So Then One Night We Decided to Go Out for Chinese
  Ni hao! Ni hui shuo ying yu ma?
  (Hello! Do you speak English?)
  Those few Mandarin words were new to me recently, but along with Xie'xie (thank you), they began a journey that took my father and me on a long-planned-for adventure through parts of China and much of Beijing this past April.
  What caused this impressive detour from our usual trek to The Great Wall restaurant in Bemidji to take in the real deal was my "may-may" (baby sister), who now lives in Beijing. Joan has taught art overseas in International Schools for more than a dozen years. Ten years in Seoul, South Korea has now been followed by three in China. True, she comes back to Minnesota for a short time every summer, but this year it was time for us to zip on over to her house. Have you ever watched five frill length movies hack to back? I have. Substitute your own word for "zipped".
  The fuller story of this incredible trip will appear m another issue of Northwest Dentistry, but this first installment is going to focus on one of those "stories that would not die". There are no coincidences, they say, so I guess it was my karma to meet Dr. Yu face to face so his story could be told in the first person.
  Several years ago my sister Joan mailed me a short article she had clipped from the English language magazine Beijing. 1 had filed it away, then tossed it into my luggage on the remote chance 1 might follow up on
  it on our trip. What started out being a wild hair ended up as one of she most memorable experiences dad and 1 had on the entire trip.
  As reported in Beijing magazine, Dr. Yu was the proud owner and perpetrator of the world's tallest tower of pulled teeth. Yes. What can I say he is, in fact and in deed, recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records as same?
  The meeting arranged, our driver delivered us safely to the location, once or twice getting directions from the dental clinic while talking on the phone and simultaneously practicing the "chi" of Beijing driving. (More about that another time. For now, use your imagination.)
  We were graciously greeted at the clinic door by Dr. Yu's staff and looked around the clinic while he wrapped up with his morning patients. Dr. Yu's associate, Dr. Eric Lin, joined us as interpreter .After three years living in the U.S. and Canada, he spoke fluent English. Although Dr. Yu spoke not one word in our language, he was the consummate gracious host.
  A quick trip to the Meiguanta Dental Clinic brought us into the presence of the actual Tower of Teeth, big as life. (This is getting bigger by the adventure!) It was taller than my 6'2" father's outstretched arm. Dr. Yu's idea, we were told, to save all his patients' extracted teeth came to him many years ago as a way to impress upon patients and the public that too many people were neglecting their teeth, and by not taking care of them, were going to lose them. Fie did add that the need for extraction has decreased since that time due to both increased affluence and better aware- ness of dental hygiene for the average patient. (Something worked ...)
  Well, you can only hang around a nine-foot extracted-tooth statue for so long without getting hungry. Our hosts remedied that by taking us to lunch — i.e., an amazing feasts of all manner of delicious Chinese foods. Over the next two hours, the chop- sticks flashed as the four of us dove into one dish after another, all the while sharing and comparing topics relating to dental education and the practice of dentistry in Beijing versus Minnesota.
  Dr.Yu has been in practice for more than 30 years; Dr. Lin about 15 Eric's course of study required five years of University for a Bachelor's degree followed by three at dental school in Beijing (the city has two or three). Classes were approximately 50/50 in gender. Dr. Lin's three years on our side of the Pacific had given him glimpses of North American culture, and in combination with equipment and products familiar to us, treatment sounded very similar to what it is here. As an aside, if you are at all familiar with their cultural proclivity for bartering, you will appreciate bow often Dr. Lin has patients try to engage him in some heavy duty negotiating for their dental care. While he can and does barter at times, he described with amused amazement the discounts patients thought they could wangle.
  To honor our visit, Dr. Yu ordered a bottle of Chinese wine to accompany our meal. As we talked and talked and ate and ate, it became very apparent that their definition of "wine" was not translating in the equivalent to ours. At one point, in fact, we wondered if we would ever he fit to translate again. The good doctors, in the meantime, assured us it was Chinese custom to finish the bottle, or we would bring about Bad Luck. We were lucky to manage what we did drink, especially through the good-byes and expressions of heartfelt appreciation before parting. But gosh, dad enjoyed the 45 minute ride home that afternoon!
  The next day we zipped on home to the U.S. (l slept through the fifth movie this time.) Maybe it was the wine, but, you know, we landed in Chicago before we took off from Beijing!
  Well, now that I'm home from China, the memories will remain of a great trip shared with my own father, friendships begun which can be strengthened, and, alas, I will once again resort to my Monty Pythonish ordering for take out at the Great Wall.
  A little footnote: Before parted, Dr. Lin inquired whether I might be able to assist in finding a dentist in California for a patient of his. In the middle of some fixed prosth treatment, she was moving from Beijing to the States. The challenges of distance and language and lily lack of referral contacts in the San Gabriel Valley were offset by several long distance calls and faxes, and Dr. Lin's patient has been referred. I guess that might be considered an example of one-to-one dental globalization!
A Thought in Passing
  Finally, on a personal note, 1 offer the following page in my own family's memory book.
  Bob Allen was a man of great influence in my life. The grandson of pioneer homesteaders in the area, he lived almost the entirety of his years in Crosslake, Minnesota. He was one of those hard working, very successful men whose laid-back demeanor and pace to life were a calming influence on those around him. Bob pursued his love of the outdoors throughout his life, and generously shared it with other. We shared many wonderful days afield or afloat, often with his
wife Dorothy, who, as so often seems to be the case with married couples, holds the record for the largest fish caught in the family!
  Bob magnified my enjoyment of the outdoors each and every outing. His love for his family was quietly but repeatedly demonstrated. He was the kind of man who most of us, if given a choice, would pick to be our father or Grandpa. 1 count myself especially lucky to have known him in both roles. When courting my wife, I could not have imagined I would be so lucky regarding her choice of parents!
  Would have liked him too.
  Bao-chir lyen-see (keep in touch); zal jian (good-bye).