What Is Medicine

Author: Paul U. Unschuld
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520944704
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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What Is Medicine? Western and Eastern Approaches to Healing is the first comparative history of two millennia of Western and Chinese medicine from their beginnings in the centuries BCE through present advances in sciences like molecular biology and in Western adaptations of traditional Chinese medicine. In his revolutionary interpretation of the basic forces that undergird shifts in medical theory, Paul U. Unschuld relates the history of medicine in both Europe and China to changes in politics, economics, and other contextual factors. Drawing on his own extended research of Chinese primary sources as well as his and others' scholarship in European medical history, Unschuld argues against any claims of "truth" in former and current, Eastern and Western models of physiology and pathology. What Is Medicine? makes an eloquent and timely contribution to discussions on health care policies while illuminating the nature of cognitive dynamics in medicine, and it stimulates fresh debate on the essence and interpretation of reality in medicine's attempts to manage the human organism.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Author: Paul U. Unschuld
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231546262
Format: PDF
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A leading authority explains the ideas and practice of Chinese medicine from its beginnings in antiquity to today. Paul U. Unschuld describes medicine's close connection with culture and politics throughout Chinese history. He brings together texts, techniques, and worldviews to understand changing Chinese attitudes toward healing and the significance of traditional Chinese medicine in both China and the Western world. Unschuld reveals the emergence of a Chinese medical tradition built around a new understanding of the human being, considering beliefs in the influence of cosmology, numerology, and the supernatural on the health of the living. He describes the variety of therapeutic approaches in Chinese culture, the history of pharmacology and techniques such as acupuncture, and the global exchange of medical knowledge. Insights are offered into the twentieth-century decline of traditional medicine, as military defeats caused reformers and revolutionaries to import medical knowledge as part of the construction of a new China. Unschuld also recounts the reception of traditional Chinese medicine in the West since the 1970s, where it is often considered an alternative to Western medicine at the same time as China seeks to incorporate elements of its medical traditions into a scientific framework. This concise and compelling introduction to medical thought and history suggests that Chinese medicine is also a guide to Chinese civilization.

Fundamentals of Midwifery

Author: Louise Lewis
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118528158
Format: PDF
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Fundamentals of Midwifery: A Textbook for Students makesthe subject of midwifery accessible, informative and motivating,ensuring that it is an essential text for the aspiring midwife! This resource brings together knowledge from a collection ofclinical experts and experienced academics to support your learningand prepare you for the challenges faced in contemporary midwiferyhealthcare. It presents you with the ‘must-have’information that you need concerning both the theoretical andpractical aspects of what it means to be a midwife. With extensivefull colour illustrations throughout, as well as activities andscenarios, this user-friendly textbook will support you throughoutyour entire education programme. Fundamentals of Midwiferyis essential reading for all pre-registration student midwives, aswell as newly qualified midwives. KEY FEATURES: • Broad and comprehensive in scope, with chapters on: teamworking; antenatal care, intrapartum and postnatal care; infantfeeding; public health and health promotion; perinatal mentalhealth; complementary therapies; pharmacology and medicinesmanagement; and emergencies. • Interactive and student-friendly in approach, withactivities throughout. • Brings together professional and clinical topics in oneuser-friendly book. • Ties in with the latest NMC Standards forpre-registration midwifery education. • Supported by an online resource centre featuringinteractive multiple-choice questions, additional scenarios andactivities, and links to further reading.

Psychosomatic Medicine

Author: Kurt Fritzsche
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1461410223
Format: PDF
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Psychosocial problems appear within a medical context worldwide, and are a major burden to health. Psychosomatic Medicine: An International Primer for the Primary Care Setting takes a uniquely global approach in laying the foundations of bio psychosocial basic care (such as recognizing psychosocial and psychosomatic problems, basic counseling and collaboration with mental health specialists) and provides relevant information about the most common mental and psychosomatic problems and disorders. The scope of the book is intercultural—it addresses global cultures, subcultures living in a single country and strengthening the care given by physicians working abroad. This clinically useful book outlines best practices for diagnosing the most common bio psychosocial problems and mastering the most common communication challenges (e.g. doctor-patient conversation, breaking bad news, dealing with difficult patients, family and health systems communication and collaboration). Every chapter integrates basic theoretical background and practical skills and includes trans-culturally sensitive material, important for work with patients from different cultures. Psychosomatic Medicine: An International Primer for the Primary Care Setting serves as an excellent resource for clinicians hoping to gain and develop knowledge and skills in psychosomatic medicine.

Healing east and west

Author: Anees A. Sheikh
Publisher: Wiley
ISBN:
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Healing East & West Ancient Wisdom and Modern Psychology. "A magnificent volume that blends both intellectual and spiritual approaches to create a new vision of healing. It belongs in the libraries of all those interested in the healing process."--Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., President, Mind/Body Health Sciences, Inc. "An excellent resource for information regarding the variety of healing modalities. The contributors write with expertise and present with inspiration the necessary information. Science, spirituality, and mysticism are all well-represented in this manual of healing."--Bernie Siegel, M.D., Author of Love, Medicine, and Miracles. "A richly interesting and enjoyable book that successfully integrates a multicultural approach to healing . . . a substantial book, well-researched and clearly written by its many contributors."--Complementary Medical Research. "A solid contribution to a dialogue that is rapidly coming to attract the attention . . . of the mainstream of the Western healing professions. It should help to convince many . . . that this is a cross-cultural collaboration that they too should take seriously." --British Journal of Psychology. "This is the most comprehensive effort at bringing together the achievements of the Eastern and Western healing traditions . . . a far-reaching integration of the best of both worlds."--Karan Singh, Ph.D., Author of The Religions of India.

Vibrational Healing

Author: Jaya Jaya Myra
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
ISBN: 0738744565
Format: PDF, ePub
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Natural Healing Options for Balance and Wholeness Explore the dynamic relationship between energy and health, and determine which vibrational healing techniques will work best for you. With simple questions designed to reveal your energy type, physical-body type, temperament, and purpose, Vibrational Healing is the perfect guide to creating a more balanced, vibrant, and healthy life. Empowering and user-friendly, this remarkable book provides practical instructions for working with a variety of healing modalities, including: • visualization • mantra • color • sound • light • aromatherapy • stones • water • intention • plants • meditation • minerals • herbs • and more Join Jaya Jaya Myra as she shares the wealth of knowledge and insight she’s gained from years of study with enlightened masters. Now is the time to customize a natural healing program just for you.

Integrating East Asian Medicine into Contemporary Healthcare E Book

Author: Volker Scheid
Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
ISBN: 0702048364
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Traditional East Asian healthcare systems have moved rapidly from the fringes of healthcare systems in the West towards the centre over the past 50 years. This change of status for traditional medicines presents their practitioners with both opportunities and challenges as the focus shifts from one of opposition towards one of integration into biomedically dominated healthcare systems. Integrating East Asian Medicine into Contemporary Healthcare examines the opportunities and challenges of integrating East Asian medicine into Western healthcare systems from an interdisciplinary perspective. Volker Scheid and Hugh MacPherson bring together contributions from acknowledged experts from a number of different disciplines - including clinical researchers, Chinese Medicine practitioners, historians, medical anthropologists, experts in the social studies of science, technology and medicine - to examine and debate the impact of the evidence-based medicine movement on the ongoing modernization of East Asian medicines. The book considers the following questions: •What are the values, goals and ethics implicit within traditional East Asian medical practices? • What claims to effectiveness and safety are made by East Asian medical practices? •What is at stake in subjecting these medical practices to biomedical models of evaluation? • What constitutes best practice? How is it to be defined and measured? • What are the ideologies and politics behind the process of integration of East Asian medical practices into modern health care systems? • What can we learn from a variety of models of integration into contemporary healthcare?