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"The translations are fluent, and Dr. Veith's introductory portion illuminating; the numerous well-reproduced illustrations provide a vivid appeal not attainable by words alone."--"Journal of the American Medical Association"

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Chinese
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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (December 2, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520229363
  • ISBN-13: 979-0520229364
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #731,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ABOUT THE ORIGINAL CHINESE TEXT

The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine or Huangdi Neijing (more accurately translated as: Yellow Thearch's Inner Classic) is the seminal text of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and covers the theoretical foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine, diagnosis methods and treatment methods. The Huangdi Neijing (commonly referred to as the Neijing) is composed of two books, namely, the Suwen or (Plain Questions -- 81 chapters or treatises. Note, for two of the chapters only the titles are known, the contents are lost.) and the Lingshu (Spiritual Pivot -- also 81 chapters). Modern scholars believe the first book, the Suwen, was compiled and edited over a long period of time from the third century BCE to 1053 CE (Song Dynasty).

The Neijing departs from the older shamanistic belief that disease was caused by magical influences. In the Neijing the natural effects of diet, lifestyle, emotions, environment, age and heredity are the reason diseases develop. The universe is composed of various forces and principles and these forces can be understood via logical means and humans can stay in balance or return to balance and health by understanding the laws and theories of these natural forces. Central to the Neijing is the notation that humans are a microcosm that mirrors the larger macrocosm, thus the principles of yin and yang, qi, the five elements, the environmental factors of wind, damp, hot and cold and so on that are part of the macrocosm or Universe equally apply to the human microcosm.

CONTENTS OF VEITH'S BOOK

The version Veith translated is the authoritative version known as the: Chong Guang Bu Zhu Huangdi Neijing Suwen. She translated:

(i) Wang Bing's 762 CE preface.
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The content of this book, originally translated in 1949, could be 3,000 years old and reflects a distinctly holistic approach to wellness and disease. The author strives to identify the causes of non-wellness. The author approaches the human organism from the function and linkages of all organs to different parts of the body. It provides a complete endorsement and supportive theory for acupuncture and other forms of holistic treatment that takes into account the individual's environment, the seasons, and many additional internal and external factors. The book is more revealing about China and the Chinese than traditional interpretive treaties and consequently reveals much about Western medicine through the blank space of what is generally not discussed in Western healthcare. Sure, there are translation errors, but it's an excellent source of information about the genesis and basis of Asian healthcare.
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I don't know too much about Chinese History, literature nor translation.

I just believe that this is a fantastic read for anyone who is pursuing a career in health or is just interested in their health. The book is like being privy to "secret" healing knowledge believed to be written by a king! Its absolutely fascinating to see how interconnected our world is with health. That our bodies do this and that in summer and this and that in winter, we are stronger at this time and weaker at this time. All of the rhythms and things that we take for granted all seem to have an effect on us in one way or another.

Often times this "ancient knowledge" does become proved through studies and just through individuals health and well being.
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Dr. Ilza Veith is perhaps the first translator of the Nei Ching into English. She evidently began the translation of the Yellow Emperor's Classic in 1945 and it was originally published in 1949. The first 76 pages provide a synoptic explanation of this classic provided by Dr. Veith, followed by 3 appendix of historical commentary related to the development of the translation and the Nei Ching. Then the discussion begins between Huang Ti and Ch'i Po. This is required reading for students and practitioners alike. It is the type of text continually referenced and not suited to one reading due to the complexities and contradictions. It is the oldest medical text in the world. The comparison between Dr. Veith's translation and Dr. Ni's is rooted in contemporary language and pinyin, however, it is a good idea to have a dictionary on hand when reading either translation.
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