- Hardcover: 675 pages
- Publisher: Journal of Chinese Medicine; September 2001 edition (Mar. 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0951054678
- ISBN-13: 978-0951054673
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 5.7 x 27.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,535,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Manual of Acupuncture Hardcover – 1 Mar 1998
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. 8.5"x2.2"x11.0"; 670 pages; 5.0 lb. Once in a great while an extraordinary book is published that sets an entirely new standard in its field. A Manual of Acupuncture, published by Journal of Chinese Medicine Publications, is just such a book. Painstakingly researched over many years by Peter Deadman, editor-in-chief of The Journal of Chinese Medicine, and colleagues Mazin Al-Khafaji and Kevin Baker, this book is certain to become the primary reference in the West for the study of acupuncture points and channels. Introductory chapters describe and illustrate the channels and collaterals, the various categories of points, and methods of selection, location, and needling. Ensuing chapters present each of the points of the 14 channels as well as the extra (miscellaneous) points, identified by their English and pinyin names, and Chinese characters. Each point is located in accordance with the most exacting anatomical standards to be found in any Western textbook. For each point there is a dedicated drawing, followed by regional body drawings. The quality of the 500 drawings is far superior to those in any other TCM text. There are also practical pointers for finding and needling the points, and cautionary information about what to avoid. In addition to point indexes by their English and pinyin names, there is an index identifying every part of the body reached by each of the channels, and separate indexes of point indications listed according to both TCM and biomedical symptoms.. . . The boards show very light wear -there are a couple of faint blemishes on the front board and top of the page block.Binding tight and square, contents clean and unmarked.
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I know very little about the subject, but I did know that this was a reputable classic text, even if it was a bit outdated. There is a updated version available.
The volume arrived in time for the gift occasion and I was glad to see that it was in good shape and free from margin notes and etc. There was some neat underlining, but nothing too overdone.
The recipient was delighted. She recognized this as a preeminent text on the subject and wanted to know how I knew that and where I'd found it. (Thanks, Amazon, for making this gift-giving occasion an affordable success!)
The underlining, done in red ink, did not bother her; she said the underlining was in place under things she would have underlined anyway.
I enjoyed giving this book almost as much as she enjoyed getting it, so this was a success.
I was a little dissappointed that the introductory and foundational material was lacking in the book, and that there were no separate sections on diagnosis or expositions of the nature of pathogens. The book is essentially a description of each and every one of the 360 or so primary acupuncture points of Traditional Chinese Medicine. There is a good bit of material about methodology of point selection, but the real gem of this book is the intelligent and thorough descriptions of the points, their properties, and how to locate and needle them. The reason that I gave the book five stars is that it is far more complete and logical in its point descriptions than any of the Chinese texts used by my acupuncturist, a Chinese chiropractor who was a medical doctor Shanghai for eight years before coming to the US and becoming a chiropractor. Often when a discipline is translated from one language and culture to another, the highly systematized translation is more complete and sensible than the eclectic literature corpus upon which it is based. Those who devised this book have created a phenomenally comprehensive synthesis of over 3,000 years of Chinese medical tradition. They have taken on a monumental task and succeeded brilliantly. The quality of this reference is so high that I would even recommend it to practitioners from the orient who are coming to the US or other English-speaking countries to start a practice. First, it will it help them learn the English vocabulary of acupuncture jargon and help them understand our butchered pronunciations of the many Chinese words in an English acupuncturist's vocabulary. Second, they will be able to better communicate their activities to their patients. Finally, the book is as high a quality reference as anything they will have brought with them from Asia.