Western Physical Exam Skills: for Practitioners of Asian Medicine


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By Bruce Robinson & Honora Wolfe
Trade paperback book
ISBN 9781891845482
170 pages, 7.00 x 9.00″

This book is another in Blue Poppy’s series of books and courses on Western medicine designed specifically for the needs of acupuncturists. Less complex than Western medical of nursing books on physical examination, this small volume and its attached CD and website cover all areas of Western physical examinations that are relevant to both the scope of practice and needs of practitioners of acupuncture and Oriental medicine.

Within each chapter of the book are not only the basics of examination techniques and the implications of the possible findings, but also:

  • Extensive illustrations to help clarify the written material
  • Problem-based case studies with questions to help readers be certain they have learned the material presented
  • An appendix showing normal ranges for all common laboratory tests
  • Quizzes and review exercises
  • In-class activity ideas for use in classrooms

The attached CD allows readers access to a website on which they will find:

  • Videos of each type of exam covered in this book
  • Links to other websites with audio demonstrations of both normal and abnormal heart and lung sounds
  • Basic information on various classes of drugs your patients may be taking
  • Explanation of imaging studies, radiology reports, and other types of relevant lab tests
  • Answer keys for all quizzes and problem based learning exercise questions

If you are a practitioner of Oriental medicine who works in a Western medical care setting, one who is required to communicate with Western care givers on a regular basis, or you simply wish to be sure your patient intakes and physical exams cover everything you need to know to give patients the best quality of care, you need this book.

About the authors:

Bruce Robinson is a board-certified general surgeon. After graduating from the University of Michigan School of Medicine, Bruce completed five years of postgraduate residency there, as well as a research fellowship in vascular surgery at St. Bartholomew’s Medical College in London. During his thirty years of practice, Bruce treated over 80,000 patients. Now retired from medical practice, Bruce has dedicated his ongoing professional career to bridging the gap between Western and Chinese medicine. In that capacity, he served as president of the Meridian Institute of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Monterey, CA., and more recently as president of the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, CA. In the past fifteen years, Bruce has been on several trips to China and Japan. He currently serves as both professor and Academic Dean at USAT Medical College, Montserrat, British West Indies. This Western medical college also has campuses in Florida and Denver, CO. Bruce is also a faculty member at the Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, FL., where he and his wife currently reside.

Honora Lee Wolfe was the founder and first director of the Boulder School of Massage Therapy. She studied remedial massage in China and completed her acupuncture studies in 1988. She is the author of several books on Chinese medicine, including: How to Have a Health Pregnancy; Healthy Birth with Traditional Chinese Medicine; The Breast Connection; A Laywoman’s Guide to the Treatment of Breast Disease by Chinese Medicine. She currently has a private practice in Boulder, CO.

Additional information

Weight .75 lbs
Dimensions 11 × 8 × .5 in


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