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Medicine in China: A History of Ideas (Comparative Studies of Health Systems and Medical Care) Paperback – June 1, 2010
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This includes the body of ideas often referred to as "Traditional Chinese Medicine."
A different reviewer gave this book a low rating saying Unschuld does not seem to think that Chinese medicine is scientific. This is correct. Unschuld believes this. Why? Because it's largely true. Most of Chinese history predates the development of the scientific method. How could something be based on science before science was invented? I suggest you ignore that review.
Anyway, scientific medicine is included in this work. It is one of the theories of healing that is in use in China today. Unschuld includes it in this very complex history and also explains how those ideas, along with indigenous ideas, came to China and were implemented.
Finally, I tell you what. I'm typing quickly. Don't listen to me, Don't listen to that two star guy --go to a good library database and read what historians of science, historians of medicine, and historians of China have to say about this work. It's a respected, important and good introduction to the subject. Well worth reading.
Unfortunately, I felt that Unschuld inserted a significant personal bias into the work. This is accomplished both through the quotes that he chooses to translate, as well as his commentary on those quotes. It seemed to me that Unschuld holds the view that Chinese medicine is not based on science, and yet, there is data from several thousand years to support the medicine and its efficacy. It is true that Chinese medicine is based largely on empirical study, both of nature as well as of the body, however empirical study is one of the cornerstones of science.
I also found that Unschuld's writing style made this book slow and difficult to read. He frequently employs paragraphs that consist of a single sentence, and rarely gets to his point before half the paragraph is finished.
Some people in my class seemed to 'enjoy' reading this book. Unless you are obsessed with history, try finding your library source of this book, its just not worth having on your shelf.