By Manfred Porkert
Trade paperback book
This book is addressed essentially to Western general practitioners and medical research workers who seek a stringent methodological approach to TCM. Porkert provides a bridge between two radically different modes of thought, inductive synthesis and causal analysis. He presents the theory of Chinese diagnostics-yin/yang, 5 phases, the basic concepts of differential diagnosis and agents of disease, and the pathology of the orbs, conduits, and energy forms. The discussions of practice detail diagnosis by inspection, ausculation and olfaction, interrogation, and palpation (primarily pulse palpation). Indexes include a general index, and index of symptoms, latin terms, and transcribed Chinese terms and names.