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Practical Diagnosis in Traditional Chinese Medicine, 1e Hardcover – Jun 11 1999


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  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Churchill Livingstone; 6th Revised edition edition (June 11 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0443045828
  • ISBN-13: 978-0443045820
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 20.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shelly A. Krahn, L.Ac on May 11 2000
Format: Hardcover
As a practicing acupuncturist of 12 years and teacher of this artful medicine, I found this book invaluable for both practioners and students of TCM. The wealth of information on examination methods(i.e.: tongue,pulse,abdomen,almost every aspect of facial diagnosis), 10 questions, and more was impressive! The author gives more than enough information to discern what pattern(s)are present and how to differentiate your diagnosis as well as how to write a report(listing helpful examples for the student or beginning practioner.) It was written in a very readable format and very interesting. Thanks to the author for compiling such a helpful text. I'm recommending it to all my students!
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By porthos on Jan. 29 2004
Format: Hardcover
Deng's fame as a doctor and teacher is widespread in China, and this book should serve to make him as renowned in the West.
Practical Diagnosis is the most thorough exposition of TCM diagnosis in English to date, and it is the only work on TCM diagnosis in English that is based on a rigorously denotative translation of a complete Chinese textbook using Wiseman and Ye's standard terminology. It is therefore possible to trace the meanings of individual words and phrases in the book back to the original Chinese language terms. The only reason this book doesn't receive all five stars is because it is often necessary to make that effort, though in fairness, it is extremely difficult to make a denotative translation from Chinese that sounds anything like good English. To the translators' credit, Practical Diagnosis succeeds more often than it fails in this aspect.
Amazon's description suggests that this book is advanced in its presentation, but it would be more accurate to say that it is an exceptionally thorough treatise of the ground matter of TCM diagnosis. I require this book in my classes on diagnosis and it seems that first year students have no real difficulty with it, aside from a few places in the text which lack clarity due to the methodological strictness mentioned above. In general, there is nothing about the book that excludes beginners, so long as there has been some introduction to the basic concepts and terms of Chinese medicine.
The book's content is of the first quality. Not only does it thoroughly discuss the principles and methods of the Four Examinations and the diagnostic models of Chinese medicine, it does so with great clarity for the most part and in a systematic, organized fashion.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Not impressed Oct. 20 2007
By Thanittra Kij Itti - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Like the other, I read the reveiws of the previous purchasers here and very positive to click buy right away. However, when I got the book and (excitedly) read it I didn't find any special content from another TCM diagnosis book I had. This book is just translated from the Chinese principle of diagnosis text and the language they use is very strange. The reason is that, as a TCM student, I think this book (the translator) uses different vocab from the other standard TCM Text and also there is less tongue diagnosis section which is the most important aspect of diagnosis in TCM. Even the cases they illusteate also not practical in clinic here.

The book is written narratively and has no tables or chart or any conclusion to help student or reader better understanding. Comparing with my other Chinese TCM books translated by some translaters without any praise or big name forward, they are easier to understand and have charts and necessary tables to sum up the content and help better understanding.

In a nut shell, I found this book is not worth my money eventhough I got excited when I see the foreword from a Harvard Medical school staff on the first page of this book. After I finish the book, I wonder if the one who forworded or those who wrote the 5-star review for this book probably never read any other good TCM Textbook at all.

I was hesitated to return or keep the book for few days...I decided to keep as a reference as we want to be a capable TCM practitioner, however I decided to return when I found few days later that the price dropped more than $65 when I bought. I paid more than $150 ... Just have to be careful before buying anything next time.
30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
A TCM Diagnostic Dream -come -true! May 11 2000
By Shelly A. Krahn, L.Ac - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As a practicing acupuncturist of 12 years and teacher of this artful medicine, I found this book invaluable for both practioners and students of TCM. The wealth of information on examination methods(i.e.: tongue,pulse,abdomen,almost every aspect of facial diagnosis), 10 questions, and more was impressive! The author gives more than enough information to discern what pattern(s)are present and how to differentiate your diagnosis as well as how to write a report(listing helpful examples for the student or beginning practioner.) It was written in a very readable format and very interesting. Thanks to the author for compiling such a helpful text. I'm recommending it to all my students!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Linguistically precise and detailed Aug. 14 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I've had the book now for 2 years. Yes, the terminology is different than what some folks are used to. The book uses the Nigel Wiseman Chinese medical translational paradigm. If you hate this, don't buy the book - get Giovanni Maciocia's 'Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine: A Comprehensive Guide' written in a more casual linguistic style. Personally, I like the rigor of Practical Diagnosis in Traditional Chinese Medicine because it really makes you think about what is being said. The descriptions of Chinese medical concepts, pathology, pattern discrimination and treatments are very detailed and well articulated. The words map back to the original Chinese language. The book is a lot of work, but well worth the effort!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I've read better June 6 2010
By Maria Barajas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is confusing at times. I bought it because it was a required book in my channel pathology class, but the instuctor (from China) said the book material wasn't great, so we didn't even use it.
14 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Single best book on Chinese medical diagnostics Sept. 5 2006
By Robert S. Flaws - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In my opinion, this is the single best book currently available on Chinese medical diagnostics. I think it is far better than Giovanni Maciocia's book on the same subject. Deng Tie-tao is an incontrovertible master of the art, and this book is considered a standard in the PRC. This is the real deal.


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