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December 14, 1940

The Chinese Way in Medicine

JAMA. 1940;115(24):2109. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810500077043

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Abstract

This book falls into three parts. The first deals with the universe and man in Chinese medicine and is a summary of the views of Chinese philosophers whose teachings afford the philosophical basis for Chinese medical procedures. These include the cosmic philosophy of Lao-tse with its two opposed forces, Yin, the negative, or female, and Yang, the positive, or male; the kwei or animal spirit, and the shen or intellectual spirit, both acquired during fetal life from the parents. Childbirth is a period of great susceptibility to spirits, and mental disturbances are due to excitement of the shen; hence exorcism by the cock, whose kinship with the sun confers on the blood of that bird subtile powers over the mind. The vegetable kingdom is also beset by spirits. The pine, cypress, peach and fungi possess the magic ling. Tao, the Way of Nature, gave rise to the belief in immortality,

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