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The future of healing : exploring the parallels of Eastern and Western medicine
Milburn, Michael P.
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Freedom, Calif. : Crossing Press, [2001]

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364 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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R733 .M535 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Chinese medicine, with its focus on herbal therapy and acupuncture as healing tools, dates back thousands of years. Advocates of Western medicine are only now beginning to appreciate this ancient holistic view that marries mind, body, nutrition, lifestyle, and energy fields. Dr.

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During the past 20 years, Western medicine has been going through a very important transition incorporating new biological and health promotion perspectives and demonstrating a cautious willingness to consider Eastern traditions on health and healing. A century ago it was not unusual for medical practitioners in the US to offer a wide variety of traditional and nontraditional healing practices. By the mid-20th century, that changed and Western medicine emphasized a much more focused scientific approach to its system of healing. This change provided for dramatic advancements in health care in the West. However, to meet the challenges of chronic disease and an aging population, Western medicine is now taking a new look at nontraditional practices and Eastern medical traditions. Biophysicist Milburn, who has experience in Chinese medicine, provides perspective on Eastern and Western traditions of health and healing. The strengths and weaknesses of each of these systems are explored, assumptions in the Western tradition are challenged, and novel ways to integrate their approaches are suggested. Much food for thought is provided in this very readable work. Notes. General readers; undergraduates through professionals. R. L. Jones emeritus, Pennsylvania State University, Hershey Medical Center