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The Loss of the Center

Paul U. Unschuld

in What Is Medicine?

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780520257658
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944701 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520257658.003.0095
The Loss of the Center

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Traditional Chinese medicine not only effects the body, as well as the mind in a very concrete way. However, before the effect on the body, came the word, that is, the theory. The Word alone seemed reassuring to the mind, because it spoke to so many fears. Theory had the glow of plausibility. It lured the citizens of industrialized Western nations. The Word alone seemed reassuring to the mind, because it spoke to so many fears. The effects on the body, eliminating pain and other afflictions had happy, contented patients. TCM was also about the Word in the beginning, and it was effective, convincing, and reassuring. Clinical success came later. Therefore, it would be pointless to get into statistically analyzing the TCM.

Keywords: traditional Chinese medicine; effects on the body; the Word; Western nations; theory

Chapter.  381 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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