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Acupuncture: A Comprehensive Text Hardcover – October 15, 1981


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 741 pages
  • Publisher: Eastland Press; 1 edition (October 15, 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0939616009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0939616008
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 7.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Chinese

About the Author

John O'Connor studied Chinese language and history at the University of Oregon (B.A., 1971), University of Illinois (M.A., 1977), Taiwan Normal University, and the University of Hong Kong. His collaboration with Dan Bensky on the translation and publication of Chinese medical books began during the course of their studies in Macau between 1973-75.

Dan Bensky is a graduate of the Macau Institute of Chinese Medicine (Oriental Medicine Diploma, 1975), University of Michigan (B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature, 1978), Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (Doctor of Osteopathy, 1982), and the University of Washington (M.A. in Classical Chinese, 1996). He is co-author of the companion volumes Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica and Chinese Herbal Medicine: Formulas & Strategies. Dr. Bensky is in private medical practice in Seattle, and is a director of the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Carlos Chapa on December 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is great for a "overall review".

Do not use this book alone however, I would use it WITH the required books from school.

Like most books, 70-80% of the book is the same/similar to the others, however that 20%+ can make a difference and sometimes even help you "click" and understand a concept or lesson.

Good luck!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 19, 2009
Format: Unknown Binding
What does the 1981 copyright have to do with anything? The book has stood the test of time. I've had my copy since 1984 and still refer to it regularly. Some don't like the book because it covers the acupoints by anatomical region. Point descriptions include traditional location descriptions, precise anatomical locations, traditional functions, indications, illustrative combinations, classical combinations, needling method plus additional remarks.

There are separate sections on ear acupuncture, surgical techniques, needling methods in the Nan Jing (Classic of Difficulties), a concise theory and diagnosis section. Of note, the index has the main pages for each acupoint in bold to set them apart from other references, a perhaps small but important indication of the thought that went into the layout of the book. If I had to have only one book on acupuncture, this would be it. Fact is, with all of its 741 pages, this book is the bible, at least in English!
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Brian B. Carter on January 24, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book got short shrift in our education even though we bought in in the first year or two.
It is essential for its coverage of auricular and scalp acupuncture (not to mention other imaging styles such as "nose acupuncture"). It also has a slightly different view of channel pathology symptoms from "Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion" (CAM) or "Foundations of Chinese Medicine."
The way they organize the body points (by regions of the body and commonality of usage), however, is too counter-intuitive to be useful in practice.
In fact, I think that Deadman's Manual of Acupuncture would make a much better body point reference than Shanghai, CAM, or Foundations... Deadman's book is entirely based on the classics and cites its sources.
They really should put out a new edition of Shanghai with better body point organization.
But, for the student and practitioner, this is a gem.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dr. William Morse on January 12, 2008
Format: Unknown Binding
This is a detailed and comprehensive work, with a great deal of useful information despite it's 1981 copyright. However, the organization of meridians and points is a bit chaotic, as the authors have attempted to create a "functional clinical" model of point selection and location. The meridians and points are divided by body region, "common" points, extra points and points of "rare" usage. Unless you subscribe to the same 150 common points as the authors, you will have to search around a bit. The indices do help in that regard.

The individual point descriptions are among some of the best I've seen. The meridian charts are the cheap Chinese type, form a lump in the middle of the book and are better supplemented with other sources. I can't say I refer to this text much, but when I do it's very useful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Theseus on October 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Eastland Press out of Seattle has done a wonderful job designing and binding the English version of this Shanghai text.

Navy cloth over boards with gold print; sewn binding; 741 pp; 3.5 pounds. Illustrations in b&w: drawings, charts, tables, and several big fold-out pages

The book is divided into the following Parts: Channels, Points, Techniques, and Therapy.

With 4 Appendices, 2 Indexes, 3 Bibliographies, and an over 30 page Introduction.
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By B. Baldwin on March 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Brand new book in great condition with very comprehensive and excellent content. Topics were covered which I have not found in other books. Highly recommended!
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