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From The CriticsReviewer: Robert E Burke, MSN, MPS, BSN(Pace University)
Description: This book provides healthcare professionals with a broad overview of acupuncture from a Western and traditional Chinese medical perspective. A review of the scientific bases of acupuncture and related research is provided along with a review of Chinese medicine theory, channels, points and treatment of disease.
Purpose: The author states this book was written as a smaller and more affordable version of Acupuncture: Textbook and Atlas, 6th edition (Springer-Verlag, 2003). This 5th edition provides up-to-date scientific evidence on the physiologic basis of acupuncture as well as relevant research for a variety of conditions. The section on traditional Chinese medicine theory was also expanded to give a more complete picture of the current practice of acupuncture. The objectives are realistic and provide a comprehensive review of acupuncture from both Eastern and Western perspectives.
Audience: "The book is written for practitioners who have an interest in gaining insight into the scientific and traditional theories of acupuncture. This is a useful introduction to acupuncture for students and practitioners in the allied health professions with an interest in acupuncture. All three authors are credible authorities in the field of acupuncture. Dr. Gabriel Stux was the founder and chairman of the German Acupuncture Society and has lectured on acupuncture all over the world for more than 25 years. Dr. Brian Berman was the founder and director of the University of Maryland Complementary Medicine Program and is coordinator of the Complementary Medicine Field of the international Cochrane Collaboration. Dr. Bruce Pomeranz is an eminent neurophysiologist and has greatly contributed to the understanding of the scientific basis of acupuncture. "
Features: "The book reviews the scientific basis of acupuncture and integrates up-to-date research for acupuncture analgesia, drug addiction, antiemetic effects and a variety of neurological, cardiovascular, urogenital, pulmonary and gastric conditions. It provides a basic overview of traditional Chinese medicine theory and treatment of illness. Channels and selected acupuncture points are reviewed along with an overview of moxibustion, laser acupuncture, TENS and needling techniques. The review of the scientific evidence of acupuncture is well researched and represented in the book. It provides readers with an understanding of the current research and provides them with ideas for further study in the field. The sections on traditional Chinese medicine theory and treatment of illness are well described and provide a good foundation for understanding this perspective. The greatest shortcoming of the book is the chapter on channels, organs, and points. Channel descriptions are inadequate and diagrams are not representative of corresponding anatomy. There are also several errors on the use and needling method of some points. "
Assessment: "This book does a good job of providing a basic understanding of the scientific and traditional Chinese medical perspectives of acupuncture; however, its shortcomings prevent it from being an excellent resource. It is a useful introduction for practitioners and students in the allied health professions. Compared to its previous edition, there are few changes in the sections relating to Chinese medicine theory, channels, points, and treatment of disease, but the scientific basis of acupuncture is updated well. This section is similar to the author's contribution in the book Clinical Acupuncture: Scientific Basis (Springer-Verlag, 2001), minus a few omissions. The latter provides an in-depth review on the topic and provides contributions from many experts in the field of acupuncture research. "