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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 Loss of the Center

The Loss of the Center

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95 The Loss of the Center
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What Is Medicine?
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Paul U. Unschuld

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520257658.003.0095

Traditional Chinese medicine not only effects the body, as well as the mind in a very concrete way. However, before the effect on the body, came the word, that is, the theory. The Word alone seemed reassuring to the mind, because it spoke to so many fears. Theory had the glow of plausibility. It lured the citizens of industrialized Western nations. The Word alone seemed reassuring to the mind, because it spoke to so many fears. The effects on the body, eliminating pain and other afflictions had happy, contented patients. TCM was also about the Word in the beginning, and it was effective, convincing, and reassuring. Clinical success came later. Therefore, it would be pointless to get into statistically analyzing the TCM.

Keywords:   traditional Chinese medicine, effects on the body, the Word, Western nations, theory

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