- Hardcover: 324 pages
- Publisher: Eastland Pr; 1 edition (March 30, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0939616270
- ISBN-13: 978-0939616275
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.2 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #924,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Patterns & Practice in Chinese Medicine 1st Edition
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About the Author
Li Xuemei is a medical doctor and specialist in both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Born in Beijing in 1956, she completed her studies in Chinese and Western medicine at the Beijing College of Chinese Medicine in 1982. She then worked as a physician at the teaching hospital associated with the college where she taught many Chinese and Western students. Dr. Li has lectured in China, Canada, Switizerland, Yugoslavia and Ireland, where she now lives and practices.
Zhao Jingyi was born in Beijing in 1954. He graduated in 1982 from the Beijing College of Chinese Medicine, where he now teaches. Dr. Zhao is a practicing physician, and teaches propaedeutics in Chinese medicine to Chinese and Western students. In addition to this book, he has published teaching materials for his students, and has conducted much clinical research in this field.
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What I like about the book is that is follows you through from the patient's presentation, to the underlying theory of the case, emphasizing the pathogeneses rather than just the pattern diagnosis which is what I find in most other TCM books. This I believe gives a practitioner a better understanding of the pathology as a dynamic process rather that a fixed imbalance.
Another refreshing aspect is that the treatments presented in most cases are combination of acupuncture with herbal formula. The authors explain why they chose each point and sometimes how the points were needled in order to maximize the therapeutic effect. When a herbal formula are used, the authors usually present the basic underlying formula and then explains how it was modified to tailor it to the patients needs.
Another nice feature is that the book introduces advanced concepts which do not appear in basic TCM books. For example it presents a complicated case in which a patient was to weak for herbal tonification, and it explains how to deal with such a case. Another chapter deals with "Constraint Disorders" which most TCM books do not address, but I think are quite common in a Western clinic.
I can go on and on praising the book, but I will just summarize that if you wish to hone you diagnosis and treatment skills, you will not be disappointed.
Each CS has comprehensive explanation, also general explanation of the organ related.
It seems like a very good book for whom that wants to etends his/her knowledge in 'Chinese Pathology' more than the classic course - 'Syndromes'.