Another Remake to Grace Our Screens!
by Solomon West
The hit US show ER, already remade in numerous countries across the world, is soon to receive similar treatment in the Middle Kingdom! ER - TCM has already started filming, and should be on our screens by 2007!!!
The action all takes place in the Emergency Room of Tong Ren Hospital for Traditional Chinese Medicine, a fictional establishment in a fictional city. Each week, the team of practitioners and nurses have to diagnose and treat casualty patients. gou-rou.com got a sneak preview of the scripts to the first 4 episodes, and present some highlights below these words:
Dr Clayton Wang, the head of ER TCM unit, uses the wrist pulse and tongue examination diagnosis techniques to establish that 13 year old Ping Liang has had his leg crushed off by a truck. He prescribes some Herbal Teas and Tibetan balms, but tragically the episode ends in disaster as Ping Liang bleeds to death whilst the water necessary to soften the Tibetan balm is heated.
Under immense emotional pressure after the tragedy of Ping Liang in episode 1, Dr Clayton Wang and Nurse Mei hua are determined to put history behind them and move on. The rushed arrival of 34 year old Mrs Ou-yang provides them with the opportunity they need to prove them selves and get back on track. A cursory examination of Mrs Ou-Yang's qi channels and palms suggests that she has a deficit of Yang energy, possibly caused by the bullet wounds sustained earlier that day in a robbery. TCM always treats the causes not the symptoms, and whilst Dr Wang tries to apply herbal powder to the bullets themselves, Mrs Ou-yang slips into cardiac arrest, and tragically passes away.
Following the loss of his last two patients, Dr Clayton Wang is further troubled by suspicions that his wife, Nurse Mei Fa, may be attracted to rival TCM practitioner Dr Edward Xi. This proves especially difficult on a day when Clayton and Edward are forced by a cruel twist of fate to work together on patient Li Jishi, who arrives with an Olympic javelin lodged in his throat. Tempers soon reach boiling point when the two experts are unable to agree on a suitable course of treatment...will Dr Wang's prescription of tiger penis soup or Dr Xi's suggested three-month dietary alteration prevail?