From the Introduction to The Art Of War

Translated by Thomas Cleary

Acording to an old story, a lord of ancient China once asked his physician, a member of a family of healers, which of them was the most skilled in the art.

The physician, whose reputation was such that his name became synonymous with medical science in China, replied, "My eldest brother sees the spirit of sicness and removes it before it takes shape, so his name does not get out of the house.

"My elder brother curse sickness when it is still minute, so his name does not get out of the neighborhood.

"As for me, I puncture veins, prescribe potions, and massage skin, so from time to time my name gest out and is heard among the lords."