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What Is Medicine?Western and Eastern Approaches to Healing$
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Paul Unschuld

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520257658

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520257658.001.0001

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The Physician as the Pharmacist's Employee

The Physician as the Pharmacist's Employee

49 The Physician as the Pharmacist's Employee
What Is Medicine?

Paul U. Unschuld

University of California Press

Every apothecary in China has employed physicians, if the pharmacist is not active as a physician. The patients go directly to the apothecary so it is natural that physicians also locate themselves there. The apothecary has physicians diagnose the patients and write out prescriptions. Working in the apothecary as an employee of the pharmacist, examining patients and writing prescriptions, was still better than having no patients at all. There were also plenty of successful physicians who established themselves so that that they could work independently. Pharmacology means that people thought about how pharmaceutics could be incorporated into the doctrines of yin-yang and the five agents, to explain their effects in the organism. It is not the same as saying that a single pharmacology was created.

Keywords:   pharmacology, pharmaceutics, doctrines of yin-yang, five agents, pharmaceutical drugs

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