Li Zhisui

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Li.

Li Zhisui (simplified Chinese: 李志绥; traditional Chinese: 李志綏; pinyin: Lǐ Zhìsuī) (1919 – February 13, 1995) was Mao Zedong's personal physician and confidante.[1] He was born in Beijing, China in 1919. After emigrating to the United States, he wrote a biography of his experiences with Mao entitled The Private Life of Chairman Mao.

On February 13, 1995, Li died of a heart attack at his son's house in Carol Stream, Illinois, where he had been living since emigrating.

As a physician, Li was interested in psychiatry. In October 1986, Li wrote the Preface for the first Chinese textbook on psychopharmacology, "Psychopharmacological Treatment for Psychiatric Disorders." [Editors: Drs. Neng Cai (Tsai)(蔡能), Hong-zhang Shi (史鸿璋), etc., Shanghai Scientific Technology Publisher, May 1987]


The private life of Chairman Mao: the memoirs of Mao's private physician, Publ. Random House, New York (1994), ISBN 0-679-76443-7


  1. ^ Derek Davies, OBITUARY: Li Zhisui, The Independent, 17 February 1995