Professionally, I am a conventionally qualified medical doctor who has experience of some kinds of alternative medicine, but I am a self-confessed generalist and have written on subjects unrelated to medicine. In so far as there is a unifying theme in these books, it is sceptical and describes the progressive questioning and ultimate abandonment of belief systems. This emerges in my two books on religion and also in my critical account of the origin and development of homeopathy. My historical study of the sect of the Assassins is an examination of a fascinating set of religious ideas in mediaeval Islam, with relevance to modern religion-inspired terrorism. Although I am now retired from clinical practice I continue to teach modern medical acupuncture to health professionals. My textbook for the courses I teach is available here. Finally, I'm interested in computers and I have a small book about how to prepare your text for publication on Smashwords if you are, like me, a Linux user.
So You Want To Try Acupuncture?by Anthony Campbell
This book aims to answer the questions that someone who is thinking of having acupuncture but doesn't know much about it might ask. At the outset, it explains that if you want to have acupuncture you don't necessarily have to take on board a lot of strange ideas. That is because there are now many health professionals (doctors, dentists, nurses, physiotherapists,
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This book aims to answer the questions that someone who is thinking of having acupuncture but doesn't know much about it might ask. At the outset, it explains that if you want to have acupuncture you don't necessarily have to take on board a lot of strange ideas. That is because there are now many health professionals (doctors, dentists, nurses, physiotherapists, osteopaths, and chiropractors, for example) who use acupuncture in a modern way with little or no reference to the ancient ideas of yin and yang, meridians, and points. They have reinterpreted acupuncture in the light of modern science and find that it works. We don't need the traditional theories to explain it.
Doing acupuncture in the modern way is as effective as doing it in the traditional way, so it is what I recommend. At the same time, I know that there will be some people who, for one reason or another, will be drawn towards the traditional version, and I cater for those as well.
The book explains what acupuncture is, how it seems to work, how you should go about finding a practitioner, what to expect in your first treatment, and what adverse effects might occur. It also describes the main health problems that might be suitable for acupuncture.
The book is based on over thirty years' experience of using and teaching acupuncture.
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