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A Practical Dictionary of Chinese Medicine [Hardcover]

Nigel Wiseman , Ye Feng
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June 1998 0912111542 978-0912111544 2nd
The only book of its kind in the English language.

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...what a great resource for all of us in the Oriental medicine community.a much needed beginning to giving English-speaking practitioners and teachers a common reference base. -- Aron Skrypeck, New Mexico Center for Nursing Therapeutics

I cannot praise this dictionary too highly. It goes beyond defining Chinese Medicine terminology in the West and will surely shape its future as it has defined its past. It belongs on everybody's shelf: the student, the practitioner, the teacher, and the academic. -- Chris Zaslawski, Meeting Point

In developing the ability to read Chinese medical source texts, one's task is made tremendously easier by Wiseman and Ye's new Dictionary. This book is the product of a tremendous effort and is an important contribution to the transmission and understanding of Chinese medical knowledge to the West. -- The Journal of the National Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

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  • Hardcover: 945 pages
  • Publisher: Paradigm Pubns; 2nd edition (June 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0912111542
  • ISBN-13: 978-0912111544
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 2.2 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sets the standard + addendum comments! July 14, 2005
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I received the book, 'The Practical Dictionary of Chinese Medicine' direct from Amazon. I have to say, there's nothing like it in English that I have encountered so far in my studies of Chinese medicine dating back to 1984. Of course, back then, Dan Bensky's book, 'Acupuncture, A Comprehensive Text' was still relatively hot off the press and his herbal series weren't out yet. The 'Essentials of Chinese Acupuncture' was the standard text at most acupuncture schools in the U.S. We've come a long way: clearly, Wiseman's terminological linguistics have made Chinese medical concepts and terms really accessible to the non-Chinese fluent student and practitioner. It's apparent that Wiseman is setting the standard for Chinese medical translations in English for our time. No one even comes close, though I do think that Blue Poppy Press puts out some outstanding books and there are other clinical publications that I have found very useful. All that said: an authoritative and linguistically consistent dictionary is absolutely necessary and I believe that Wiseman's is the one to get! I give this book 5+ stars. Of course, no book can ever have everything but that goes without saying.

June 20 2009 Additional Comments:

As an addendum to my review back in 2005, I was surprised to see a review that gave 'A Practical Dictionary of Chinese Medicine' only ONE star along with some very negative comments. This book is a complete encyclopedia (It's not just a dictionary!) of carefully translated terminology, concepts and treatment protocols rendered into high level English for those of us who haven't tackled the Chinese language. Lucky for us somebody did it! To those who don't want to approach Chinese medicine with technical precision, don't buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A New Cornerstone for Chinese Medicine in the West June 19, 2000
Every so often a book comes into existence that exerts a powerful influence on the zone of life for which it was intended. This new dictionary falls into this category. Since its arrival it has already become a lightning rod for discussion and debate concerning the whole conduct of the translation and therefore the transmission of traditional Chinese medicine into English and English-speaking areas. The authoring of dictionaries is a thankless task. Samuel Johnson, no stranger to this work, noted that mankind tends to consider the writers of dictionaries as the slaves of science. The work of Nigel Wiseman and Feng Ye reflects a deep sense of service to their chosen discipline, but far from being slaves they stand in the vanguard of a liberating force that is developing in Chinese medical studies. We all owe them our thanks for having put so much information between the covers of a single volume that can be used to forward the development of deeper understanding of this complex subject. To illustrate the utility of the book, I just came from a visit to the office of a friend, an MD who practices acupuncture to whom I recommended the dictionary when it was first publised. "Thanks for turning me on to this book," he said, pointing to the Practical Dictionary beside his desk. "I use it every day."
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must September 5, 2006
Serious students of Chinese medicine can essentially learn all of Chinese medicine from this single book. It is the single most important English language book currently available on Chinese medicine, bar none.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for Serious TCM Students and Practitioners November 21, 2002
It'll take you forever to get through it- it's big, and it's a dictionary. Wiseman is the only scholar out there who has advanced a standard for Chinese medical translation. Until someone comes up with something better, it's the language we'll use. This dictionary is also packed with loads of useful clinical info you won't find anywhere else. It's pricey, but if you want the real Chinese Medicine, I'd suggest you keep it on your list.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely useful May 17, 2013
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While not a dictionary in the usual sense of the word, the depth of the book is impressive. Many of us are wanting to learn more about the roots of the medicine we practice. I are hoping for more books like this with the subtle cultural nuances of the concepts of Chinese medicine illuminated. Highly recommended for practitioners.
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