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Showing that the often dramatic differences between their attitudes about signs such as pulse, breath, and blood both developed from and informed deeper beliefs about the nature of the body, Kuriyama exposes the highly subjective artistry of medicine. Like the proverbial blind men feeling the different parts of the elephant, the ancients focused exclusively on one set of traits and signs and developed a complex theoretical framework around it. Well documented and handsomely illustrated, The Expressiveness of the Body pokes and prods into the space between precise anatomical knowledge and the understanding of qi flow to find the rest of the elephant beyond the trunk, legs, and tail. --Rob Lightner --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This is one of those hauntingly beautiful genius books written by a really smart guy, filled with some really thoughtful research and writing about Chinese medicine and theories of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gromer
I won't waste anyone's time here by rehashing what other posts say. Just let me say that I never cared about Chinese medicine or Chinese history before I read this, but once I did,... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Michael Warren
This book is not at all as it first appears. It is not an investigation into how the body expresses itself, but into what the body expresses. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ed
I brought this book to read before I start my course in Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM). Although it is a hard read, the book is still very interesting and gives a great insight... Read morePublished on September 8, 2013 by Amazon Customer