I am an Oxford trained registered medical doctor who has worked in various medical roles including general hospital medicine, public health medicine, general practice (family medicine) and most recently in palliative medicine.
I also trained in the practice of traditional acupuncture both in China and in the UK, and after this took time out of conventional medical practice to develop an acupuncture practice in Oxford UK. Over that period of 10 years I also taught students of Chinese Medicine about conventional medicine at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading, UK.
I am particularly interested in finding forms of language which might act as a bridge between the seemingly contrasting disciplines of Traditional Chinese and Conventional Medicine.
My first text book, The Complementary Therapists Guide to Conventional Medicine, is a text designed to explain conventional medical approaches, diagnoses and treatments to therapists whilst at the same time making comparisons with more "alternative" (largely TCM) theories of disease. This was published in 2011 by Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier and a reprint of the same text was made available by Singing Dragon in 2015.
I am delighted to announce that the second edition of this has now been released (on April 21st 2017) by Singing Dragon. This has been renamed "The Acupuncurist's Guide to Conventional Medicine". I have fully updated this in line with current medical practice. The book now contains more Chinese medical comparative detail. It also incorporates a full summary of Red Flags as an appendix to the book. On line teaching aids (Qs and As) are assoicated with the text to facilitate its use as part of a teaching programme. However my principal aim of this text is for it to be a reference manual in the treatment room of the complementary medical practititioner.
The sister text, The Complementary Therapists Guide to Red Flags and Referrals is a handbook designed to help clinical therapists from all backgrounds, conventional or complementary, quickly identify "Red Flag" symptoms and signs in the clinical situation. This was published by Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier in 2013. I have now updated the content of this book and it is now incorporated as an appendix in the 2017 publication, "The Acupuncurist's Guide to Conventional Medicine" described above.
You can read a Q and A article which I wrote on "Eastern and Western Medicine, Acupuncture and Complementary Therapies in Practice" (published on the Singing Dragon blog) by following this link (copy and paste into your browser):