By Eric Brand & Nigel Wiseman
540 pages, 8.50 x 11.00″
This work is a primary textbook for students as well as a clinical handbook for practitioners. It integrates a modern didactic learning approach with information derived from key Chinese university texts to give readers a clear and authentic resource for the study of Chinese medicinal therapy. Its conscientious design allows for efficiency in study and accessibility in the clinic, both of which are complemented by a variety of supplementary self-study materials on CD-ROM for students and professionals alike.
A distinguishing feature of the text lies in its detailed chapter introductions, which integrate core principles of internal medicine into the discussions of each category of medicinals. By focusing on the various pathomechanisms, patterns, and traditional diseases involved in each category these introductions allow readers to gain a deeper understanding of the various conditions treated with medicinals. Additionally, they provide the reader with insight into unusual features and special applications of specific medicinals.
Following each chapter introduction are detailed monographs that cover in all over 400 substances commonly used in Chinese medicine. The monographs are presented with the same level of detail found in Chinese university texts. Because this text utilizes the terminology standards of the Practical Dictionary of Chinese Medicine, readers can easily integrate their knowledge with the dozens of professional publications that already adhere to this standard. Furthermore, the monographs contain information on key safety issues affecting modern practice, including current knowledge on herb-drug interactions.
Created with the input of educators as well as students, the Concise Chinese Materia Medica is the first materia medica that doubles as a study guide for examinations. The essential information for each medicinal is clearly presented, facilitating memorization of data as well as highlighting key clinical concepts. In addition, included on the accompanying CD-ROM is a vast question bank intended to prepare students for examinations. Reflecting modern educational approaches and current examination trends, these materials have been organized to contain both case-based examples as well as questions to enhance memorization. Thus, students may master the details of medicinal therapy without losing their focus on developing clinical decision-making abilities.
The inclusion of study materials and self-test questions allows students to save a great deal of time and money by minimizing the need for homemade study materials and expensive test-prep courses. With a price tag that can be accommodated within even a student’s budget, this is a book that should not be missed.