The Acupuncturist's Guide to Conventional Medicine, Second Edition
872 pages, 8 1/2 x 11
Release Date:21 Apr 2017

The Acupuncturist's Guide to Conventional Medicine, Second Edition

Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Singing Dragon

Offering a systematic comparative approach to Western and Eastern medicine, this unique textbook enables students and practitioners of Chinese medicine to develop a core understanding of conventional medical language and treatments.

Acupuncture practitioners increasingly find themselves working alongside Western healthcare professionals. Now in its second edition, this book is a guide to conventional medical diagnoses, symptoms and treatments, and using examples drawn from the author's experience and knowledge of TCM it encourages reflection on how these diagnoses may be interpreted from a more holistic medical perspective. It includes introductory sections on physiology, pathology and pharmacology, chapters devoted to the physiological systems of the body and the conventional approach to the treatment of diseases that can affect them, and information on dealing with patients in practice.

Accompanying online material, including self-testing questions and answers and checklists for revision, is available for those wishing to use the text for systematic study.

This book is the main Conventional Medical Sciences textbook we use at the College of Integrated Medicine for our students. There is no other textbook to touch it in terms of its clarity. It offers a 'translation' of Western medical disease descriptions into Chinese medical terms and also provides a summary of 'Red Flags' of diseases for use in the clinic situation. It is also relevant for any practitioner of complementary medicine as its layout and terminology makes it such an easy book to use in order to understand from a Western medicine point of view the problems one's patients encounter. I cannot recommend it highly enough Peter Mole, Dean of the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine
Clare Stephenson has achieved what many others have failed to do in providing a thorough, but clear and accessible, description of aspects of Conventional Medicine which every acupuncture practitioner should know about. She has used her in-depth knowledge of both Conventional and Chinese Medicine, as well as years of clinical experience in both disciplines, to create an informative, fascinating and ultimately practical book. Rebecca Avern, Traditional Acupuncturist and Senior Lecturer at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine
Dr Clare Stephenson is a qualified medical practitioner who worked in hospital medicine, general practice and public health medicine before training in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture. Over a decade she developed and taught an undergraduate course for students of Chinese medicine on Western medicine and how it relates to TCM. She is based in Oxfordshire, UK.

Foreword by Angela Hicks and John Hicks
Note to the Reader: Undemanding Western Medical Terminology in Chinese Medicine Terms

Stage 1: Introduction to Medical Sciences
1.1 Introduction to Medical Sciences
1.1a Introduction to physiology: systems of the body
1.1b The cell: composition, respiration and division
1.1c Cell transport and homeostasis
1.1d The tissue types
1.1e Introduction to pathology and pharmacology
1.2 Conventional Clinical Practice
1.2a The conventional medicine approach
1.2b Conventional medical prescribing
1.2c Introduction to conventional drugs
1.3 Comparisons with Alternative Medical Viewpoints
1.3a Contrasting philosophies of health
1.3b Drugs from a complementary medical viewpoint

Stage 2: Introduction to Processes of Disease
2.1 Barriers to Disease and Susceptibility
2.1a Health and susceptibility: what makes us vulnerable to disease?
2.1b Barriers to disease: wound healing
2.1c Barriers to disease: blood clotting
2.1d Barriers to disease: the immune system
2.2 Processes of Disease
2.2a lntroduction to processes of disease
2.2b Inflammation
2.2c Disorders of the immune system
2.2d Thrombosis, embolism and infarction
2.3 Cancer
2.4 Infectious Disease
2.4a Principles of infectious disease
2.4b The different types of infectious disease
2.4c The red flags of serious infectious disease
2.4d Diagnosis, prevention and treatment of infectious disease

Stage 3: The Gastrointestinal, Cardiovascular and Respiratory System
3.1 The Gastrointestinal System
3.1a The physiology of the gastrointestinal system
3.1b The investigation of the gastrointestinal system
3.1c Diseases of the mouth, esophagus, stomach and duodenum
3 .1 d Diseases of the pancreas, liver and gallbladder
3.1e Diseases of the small intestine and large intestine
3.2 The Cardiovascular System
3.2a The physiology of the cardiovascular system
3.2b The investigation of the cardiovascular system
3.2c Diseases of the blood vessels
3.2d Hypertension
3.2e Coronary heart disease
3.2f Heart failure and arrhythmias
3.2g Diseases of the heart muscle, pericardium and heart valves, and congenital heart disease
3.3 The Respiratory System
3.3a The physiology of the respiratory system
3.3b The investigation of the respiratory system
3.3c Diseases of the upper respiratory tract
3.3d Diseases of the bronchi and bronchioles
3.3e Diseases of the alveoli and pleura
3.4 The Blood
3.4a The physiology of the blood
3.4b The investigation of the blood
3.4c Anemia
3.4d Acute blood loss, transfusion and disorders of the spleen
3.4e Cancer of the blood cells

Stage 4: The Nervous, Musculoskeletal and Urinary Systems
4.1 The Nervous System
4.1a The physiology of the nervous system
4.1b The investigation of the nervous system
4.1c Disorders of the central nervous system: impairment of consciousness
4.1d Disorders of the central nervous system: hemorrhage, stroke and brain tumors
4.1e Disorders of the central nervous system: headache and infections
4.1 f Disorders of the central nervous system: dementia, epilepsy and other disorders
4.1 g Disorders of the spinal cord and peripheral nerves
4.2 The Musculoskeletal System
4.2a The physiology of the musculoskeletal system
4.2b The investigation of the musculoskeletal system
4.2c The treatment of musculoskeletal pain
4.2d Diseases of the bones
4.2e Localized diseases of the joints, ligaments and muscles
4.2f Generalized diseases of the joints, ligaments and muscles
4.3 The Urinary System
4.3a The physiology of the urinary system
4.3b The investigation of the urinary system
4.3c Diseases of the kidneys
4.3d Diseases of the ureters, bladder and the urethra

Stage 5: The Endocrine and Reproductive Systems and Child Health
5.1 The Endocrine System
5.1a The physiology of the endocrine system
5.1b The investigation of the endocrine system
5.1c Diseases of the thyroid gland
5.1d Diabetes mellitus
5.1e Diseases of the adrenal gland and the pituitary gland
5.2 The Reproductive System
5. 2a The physiology of the reproductive system
5.2b The investigation of the reproductive system
5.2c Disorders of menstruation and the menopause
5.2d Sexual health and sexually transmitted disease
5.2e Contraception
5.2f Infertility
5.2g Structural disorders of the female reproductive system
5.3 Pregnancy and Childbirth
5.3a The physiology of pregnancy and childbirth
5.3b Routine care and investigation in pregnancy and childbirth
5.3c Abortion and bleeding in pregnancy
5.3d Other complications of pregnancy
5.3e Complications of childbirth and the puerperium
5.3f Lactation and disorders of the breast
5.4 Children's Health
5.4a Introduction to children's health
5.4b Assessment of child health and development
5.4c Congenital disorders
5.4d Infectious disease in childhood
5.4e Other common disorders of childhood

Stage 6: The Skin, Eye and Ear, Mental Health and Conclusions
6.1 The Skin, the Eye and the Ear
6.1a The physiology of the skin, the eye and the ear
6.1b The investigation of the skin, the eye and the ear
6.1c Diseases of the skin
6.1 d Diseases of the eye
6.1e Diseases of the ear
6.2 Mental Health
6.2a Introduction to mental health
6.2b Classification of mental health disorders
6.2c Assessment and treatment of metnal health disorders
6.2d Anxiety, depression, somatoform disorders and eating disorders
6.2e Psychoses, personality disorders and learning disability
6.3 Conclusions
6.3a The red flags of disease: a review
6.3b Withdrawing from conventional medication
6.3c Communicating with conventional medical practitioners
6.3d Ethical issues

Appendix I The Functions of the Organs: Correspondence Tables
Appendix II Worked Examples of the Six-Step Method for Interpreting the Energetic Action of Drugs
Appendix III Red Flag Conditions: A Guide for Acupuncturists
Appendix IV Tables Showing Categories of Drugs for Withdrawal from Medication

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