(A doctor examines patients in a corridor of the Zhongshan Hospital of Fudan University in Shanghai on March 16, 2012. Photo by Imaginechina / AP)
Should medical staff be trained to tackle knife-wielding assailants? You’d hope not. But two Shanghai hospitals are doing just that. On Tuesday, staff members at the city’s Zhongshan and Huashan hospitals gathered to learn self-defense from martial-arts experts. Photographs from the sessions show simulated combat involving weapons and foldable chairs. “It will teach them how to react to an unexpected attack,” one organizer told local press.
The idea of dropkicking doctors sounds like a dark joke, but their fear and the risks are real. On Oct. 25, at a hospital not far from Shanghai, Dr. Wang Yunjie a 46-year-old chief physician from the ear, nose and throat department of No. 1 People’s Hospital in Wenling was stabbed to death by a patient. The attacker, disgruntled over the outcome of a nasal surgery, entered the office looking for his doctor, could not find him, so charged at the chief with a 30-cm blade. Two others were seriously injured before the attacker was subdued. (Time)
Evan Chakroff writes about Shanghai, its lights, its past and its projected future present for Saturated Space.
"In Shanghai, light and colour give designers, planners, and policy makers the freedom to present an idealized image of their buildings, their city. Dynamic, animated lights dance through the haze, but hidden by darkness, massive fissures split the sidewalks, the water is undrinkable, and the air is toxic. While the idealized image the city seeks to project is one of uncontested modernity, conditions on the ground (in the harsh light of day) deny this. Architectural lighting is thus instrumental – even essential - in the projection of modernity, and represents a key aspect of Chinese society’s reclamation of agency following a long period of oppression and turmoil." (Saturated Space via Archinect)