Chinese Medicine Liberation: Inner DocumentsYaron Seidman, with Zac Patterson and Lois Nethery, Hunyuan Group Inc., 2015

Using original materials – letters, articles, books, announcements and official documents – with commentary from the book’s principal author to guide the reader, this book explores how political and practical pressures influenced Chinese medicine education and clinical perspectives. The narrative begins at the end of the Qing dynasty and the rise of the Republic, when the government and public encountered Western scientific medicine and its many impressive achievements. In the 1930s, a time of relative political freedom, practitioners grapple with the pros and cons of Chinese vs. Western medicine in the “Great Debates.” As time goes by, however, and the pressures of health care provision under Communist rule become more intense, the debates become stifled and ideological and pragmatic pressures determine the way that Chinese and Western medicine are combined and altered in order to meet the country’s significant health needs. This book is a valuable resource that will help contemporary practitioners of Chinese medicine to assess the various decisions that shaped Chinese medicine in the last century in order to better decide how they can develop the essence of Chinese medicine into the future.

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