The Practice of Chinese Medicine: The Treatment of Diseases with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs
In this sequel to Foundations of Chinese Medicine, Maciocia presents the theory of Chinese medicine as it is applied to the treatment of specific diseases with acupuncture and herbs. He integrates research and study from ancient and modern Chinese textbooks with his personal experience with Western patients, so that the traditional approach is applied to concrete Western clinical situations.
Disease is discussed both as patterns and as biomedical conditions. Each pattern is differentiated into the various biomedically defined conditions with which it is associated. The text includes for each case etiology, pathology, differentiation and treatment, and prognosis. In these detailed discussions the author covers the principles related to diagnosis, and treatment for each condition. Treatments consist of a general prescription of acupuncture points, an explanation of the prescription and a number of other points that may be added to the general prescription. One or more herbal formulas are given, including patent remedies, and each is explained acording to the action of the individual herbs.
The new 2nd edition describes the application of traditional Chinese medical theory to the diagnosis and treatment of 48 diseases and disorders, including common, chronic, and acute conditions which clinicians may see in their practice. A new lower price, a vastly expanded page count, and 50 full color photos and 440 duotone pictures significantly enhance its value.
A Mixed Bag
By Brian B. Carter - January 24, 2003
This book is huge, even though it's only about 34 diseases. It's filled with case studies that easily transform into CA state board test questions.
My study partner went through and pulled every one of these case studies out to memorize them. I found myself doing the same, since I disagreed with Giovanni's diagnosis about 25% of the time... I had to memorize his diagnosis anyway. In one case, he got no result, and consulted with a Chinese doctor, who diagnosed the patient the way I had when I firsted saw the signs and symptoms!
What's really infuriating is when he uses a rationale to diagnose something one way in one place, but then doesn't consistently apply that in other cases.
So, we are required to know Giovanni's opinions and diagnosis style even if they may be wrong. It would have been nice to see - in a reference book - a separation between mistaken treatments and ideal/accurate treatments.
I initially dove into this book, very well laid out and attractive but don't be deceived it's not the be all of diagnosis despite it's mammoth number of pages. As far as I've been trained, he's about 70% of the full story ... definately a wonderful introduction to TCM's internal medicine but not everything you need to know. His appendix pages on western differentiation are very welcomed, but are quite basic. Many people in TCM are not so interested in Western meds. but they are very important so thumbs up on the inclusion.
It's not a bad book, but it's not so great as the Chinese texts I have in my library who give you the same info at a fraction of the cost, less room on your shelf and a lot less speculation.
Thanks to Maciocia we have a solid intro to TCM, for that I think we are all indebted ... but his factory of TCM books are a bit much considering you can get the real info from the source in Chinese Textbooks with both Chinese and English in them... read more
Great study and reference book.
By Flory (firstname.lastname@example.org) - January 22, 1999
This book blends, technically yet accesibly, Oriental and Western Medicine. Clear and to the point, it comprises abundant case studies to illustrate the diseases and treatments presented. It is a must for anyone incorporating Oriental Medicine/Western Medicine in their practice.
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