from: Brand, E./ Wiseman, N.

Concise Chinese Materia Medica

Concise Chinese Materia Medica

2008, 540 pages

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This work is a primary textbook for students as well as a clinical handbook for practitioners. It integrates a modern didactic learning approach with information derived from key Chinese university texts to give readers a clear and authentic resource for the study of Chinese medicinal therapy. Its conscientious design allows for efficiency in study and accessibility in the clinic, both of which are complemented by a variety of supplementary self-study materials on CD-ROM for students and professionals alike.

A distinguishing feature of the text lies in its detailed chapter introductions, which integrate core principles of internal medicine into the discussions of each category of medicinals. By focusing on the various pathomechanisms, patterns, and traditional diseases involved in each category these introductions allow readers to gain a deeper understanding of the various conditions treated with medicinals. Additionally, they provide the reader with insight into unusual features and special applications of specific medicinals.

Following each chapter introduction are detailed monographs that cover in all over 400 substances commonly used in Chinese medicine. The monographs are presented with the same level of detail found in Chinese university texts. Because this text utilizes the terminology standards of the Practical Dictionary of Chinese Medicine, readers can easily integrate their knowledge with the dozens of professional publications that already adhere to this standard. Furthermore, the monographs contain information on key safety issues affecting modern practice, including current knowledge on herb-drug interactions.

Created with the input of educators as well as students, the Concise Chinese Materia Medica is the first materia medica that doubles as a study guide for examinations. The essential information for each medicinal is clearly presented, facilitating memorization of data as well as highlighting key clinical concepts. In addition, included on the accompanying CD-ROM is a vast question bank intended to prepare students for examinations. Reflecting modern educational approaches and current examination trends, these materials have been organized to contain both case-based examples as well as questions to enhance memorization. Thus, students may master the details of medicinal therapy without losing their focus on developing clinical decision-making abilities.

The inclusion of study materials and self-test questions allows students to save a great deal of time and money by minimizing the need for homemade study materials and expensive test-prep courses. With a price tag that can be accommodated within even a studentís budget, this is a book that should not be missed.

Brand, E.

Eric Brand, M.S., L.Ac.,
is a graduate of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Brand is a fluent Chinese speaker with extensive experience studying in mainland China and Taiwan. He completed a prolonged internship at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan, and he has participated in numerous projects related to Chinese medicine translation, herbal research, and TCM politics. He is the co-author of Concise Chinese Materia Medica and he has edited a variety of modern classical texts.
Eric Brand has a passion for Chinese herbal pharmacy, and he travels extensively to study with experts in the field of herbal authentication and quality discernment. In addition to being the founder of Legendary Herbs, he works at Blue Poppy Enterprises as an author, lecturer, and herbal medicine specialist, and in the past he has worked as an instructor and clinical supervisor at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, California. Brand is a TCM advisor to the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia and the Co-Chair of International Affairs for the AAAOM, and he constantly has too much on his plate on both sides of the Pacific-Ocean.

Wiseman, N.

Nigel Wiseman
was born in the UK, studied Spanish and German at the Heriott-Watt University in Edinburgh, subsequently working as a French-English translator in Belgium while learning Chinese. He holds a doctorate in Complementary Health Sciences from Exeter University, and is the author and translator of a prodigious body of work on Chinese medicine, including such outstanding classics as Practical Dictionary of Chinese Medicine, Fundamentals of Chinese Acupuncture, Fundamentals of Chinese Medicine, Shang Han Lun Yi Shi, Chinese Medical Chinese: Grammar and Vocabulary, and Introduction to the English Terminology of Chinese Medicine. A long-time resident of Taiwan, Dr. Wiseman is currently a lecturer of Chinese medical studies at Chang Gung Medical University in Taipei.

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