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By Hugh MacPherson PhD

ISBN-10: 0443100292

ISBN-13: 9780443100291

This can be the 1st ebook to set out an entire variety of study thoughts for comparing the scientific perform of acupuncture. prime acupuncturists and researchers with overseas reputations percentage their services. They illustrate their descriptions with useful examples of what has labored and what has no longer. It outlines some of the key demanding situations within the box. those demanding situations relate to the character of acupuncture and the space among present examine proof and the particular reviews of acupuncturists within the box. via focusing the chapters on key learn questions, instead of equipment, the publication has a trouble-free consider. each one bankruptcy is well obtainable with short reasons of study designs in addition to vignettes of correct prior examine. The booklet is predicated on a deep figuring out of acupuncture, with its inherent complexity in perform, no matter if in accordance with conventional rules or extra sleek strategies. via incorporating a extra subtle knowing of the sector, this publication info quite a number suggestions aiming to boost the proof base with the maximum rigour. it's the first booklet on acupuncture examine to take this designated view, integrating the superior of evidence-based medication with a real sensitivity to the self-discipline of acupuncture, from its conventional and holistic roots to its extra glossy interpretations.

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Another important challenge is the development of a more complete understanding of the nature of acupuncture, including the inherent diversity derived from its philosophical and cultural roots. OVERVIEW OF IMPORTANT PHILOSOPHICAL AND CULTURAL CONTEXTS OF ACUPUNCTURE 16 Acupuncture arose in quite different cultural contexts from Western medicine and the scientific method encapsulated in the ‘Enlightenment’. Therefore there are important cultural and philosophical differences between acupuncture and modern bio-medicine.

Qxd 7/21/07 10:11 AM Page 22 Acupuncture research. Strategies for establishing an evidence base Sivin 1987, p 17, Taylor 2004, Wang & Zhao 2007). With an eye to Western interests in China, the first publications to label it as ‘traditional Chinese medicine’ or TCM appeared in 1955 (Taylor 2004). This occurred alongside a desire to project China as contributing to the modern scientific world and with the beginnings of a research agenda that projected TCM to ‘be a showpiece of the progress of science’ (Taylor 2004).

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