The Dao of Healing

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The popularity of Chinese medicine has been growing exponentially. However, amongst Christians, it is still viewed with suspicion and negativity. Are these fears justified? How can we better understand the roots and practices of Chinese medicine? The Dao of Healing takes us on an in-depth exploration of the histories and philosophies that have shaped both Western biomedicine and Chinese medicine in order that we might make informed judgements about them.

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The last 50 years have seen the popularity of Chinese medicine grow exponentially. In China, Korea, Japan and Singapore, Chinese medicine has been incorporated into their healthcare systems to varying degrees. In the West, it is no longer uncommon for patients to consult Chinese medicine doctors, many of whom are non-Chinese. However, among Christians in many parts of the developed world, Chinese medicine is still viewed with suspicion and negativity. Are these fears justified? How can we better understand the roots and practices of Chinese medicine?

The Dao of Healing takes us on an in-depth exploration of the histories and philosophies that have shaped both Western biomedicine and Chinese medicine in order that we might make informed judgements about them. If our call is to “love our neighbours”, we need to be able to dialogue with them on the basis of mutual respect and understanding. Let this book be the catalyst for meaningful and productive conversations across the divide.

Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgements

PART 1: INTRODUCTION
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Engaging Chinese Medicine: Methods and Approaches

PART 2: HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF WESTERN MEDICAL TRADITIONS
Chapter 3: Western Medical Traditions I: Origins, Developments and Christian Reception
Chapter 4: Western Medical Traditions II: The Scientific Revolution and the Rise of Biomedicine
Chapter 5: Seeing Medicine from a Greek Perspective

PART 3: HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF CHINESE MEDICAL TRADITIONS
Chapter 6: The Historical Development of Chinese Medicine I: From Pre-Han to Tang Eras
Chapter 7: The Historical Development of Chinese Medicine II: From the Song Medical Renaissance to the Modern Period
Chapter 8: Metaphors and the Conception of Health and Illness in Western and Chinese Medicine
Chapter 9: Chinese Medical Theories, Diagnoses and Therapies

PART 4: DIALOGUING WITH CHINESE MEDICINE
Chapter 10: Biomedicine and Chinese Medicine in Dialogue: Context, Issues and the Ways Forward
Chapter 11: Christian Perspectives on Chinese Medicine

Bibliography
Index

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"This is a pioneer work, yet it is also exhaustive and comprehensive. If 'truth is history', then this is 'truthful' indeed!... Richly historic, this work is somewhat prophetic for the future of medicine, an unusual medical textbook indeed! As a historian of ideas, I know of no book like this, to read, reflect, and inwardly digest!" — From the Foreword by Prof. James M. Houston, Founding Principal & Emeritus Professor of Spiritual Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia

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Weight 450 g
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