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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Blue Poppy Pr
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891845179
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891845178
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bob Flaws is the most prolific writer on Chinese medicine in the English language. He is author, translator, or editor of over 80 books on Chinese medicine and scores of articles published in both professional journals and the popular press. Among his other credits, Bob is a past president and lifetime fellow of the Acupuncture Association of Colorado, a fellow and director of the National Academy of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine as well as a past editor of that association's quarterly journal, a founder of the Council of Oriental Medical Publishers, and the founder of Blue Poppy Enterprises. Bob is also the co-author and co-director of an NIH-funded research project working with AIDS-related peripheral neuropathy.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By "anshen" on December 29, 2003
Format: Paperback
This both is an interesting introduction to the theory of treating 'mental/emotional' disorders, and a useful collection of case studies. Unfortunately it bypasses entirely important clinical concerns.
For example, the book discusses 'Dian Kuang' ('Withdrawl and Mania'), but treats them only as separate diagnostic and treatment categories; there is no discussion on the extremely important concern of treatment of those who cycle regularly between the two, and no reference to special concerns for treating children and adolescents with this disorder (many of whom cycle rapidly, as often as several times a day) - any formula treating these patients will have to address both the mania and withdrawl, but no discussion of this is included, and the reader is left to try to sift through case histories to gain small amounts of helpful information.
So, at one level, this book is a serious disappointment; like too many texts that attempt an overview of an extremely complex field, it covers too broadly, with significant gaps.
It is still a good reference book, though, and the case history sections give plenty of material for further study, but it is not a textbook one can rely on for thorough introduction or coverage of this subject area.
David A. Dawson, Ph.D., M.Ac., M.T.C.M.
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Robert S. Flaws on October 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
By Simon A. Becker, Dipl.Ac., CH (NCCAOM)

Title: Chinese Medical Psychiatry: A Textbook and Clinical Manual

Authors: Bob Flaws, Dipl.Ac. and James Lake, MD

Publication: Hardcover, 600 pages

Publisher: Blue Poppy Press, Boulder, Colorado

Publication Date: October 2000

Price: $108.00

Category: Practitioner education; psychiatric conditions

A Chinese Medical Textbook and Clinical Manual that Sets New Standards for the Profession

The treatment of mental illnesses has always been an integral part of Chinese medicine. In Chinese medicine, as the authors of the reviewed book point out early on, "no ... dualism between the body and mind exists... ." The mind affects the body and the body affects the mind. The psyche-soma relationship is completely bidirectional. Therefore, it is not surprising that the earliest references to the treatment of psychiatric symptoms appear in the 2000 year old locus classicus of Chinese medicine, the Huang Di Nei Jing (Yellow Emperor's Internal Classic). However, despite this inseparable relationship between body and mind, or maybe exactly because of it, a textbook detailing the treatment of psychiatric diseases with Chinese medicine has, so far, been a much needed but sorely lacked work. The absence of such a work is even more surprising if one considers that, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, 22-23% of the adult U.S. population has a diagnosable mental disorder during any one-year period.

Chinese Medical Psychiatry: A Textbook & Clinical Manual fills this gap in the Chinese medical literature in an unsurpassed fashion.
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By Jennifer Cleveland on February 16, 2014
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Great book that combines TCM diagnosis and western medicine diagnosis in mental disorders. Great book for the TCM student. Thanks!
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