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November 1964

Acupuncture: The Ancient Chinese Art of Healing.

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By Felix Mann, MB, with a foreword by Aldous Huxley. Price, $7.50. Pp 174, with no illustrations. Random House, Inc., 457 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022, 1963.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;114(5):717. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.03860110187038

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Several years ago, I attempted to read and understand Ilza Veith's translation from the Chinese of the famous Huang Ti Nei Ching Su Wen, The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine. The English is excellent and readable, but the subject is too complex for the average mind.

When Acupuncture by Felix Mann became available, I hoped that the subject of Chinese medical practices would be made somewhat less hard to comprehend. While this book is evidently an attempt to popularize the subject, the content is far too intricate to grasp without long and serious study. It seems unlikely that this form of healing will ever enjoy widespread acceptance, simply because it is much too complex for a practitioner to master.

These two books on Chinese medicine are apparently the only works available in English. The bibliography on this subject is largely in German, French, and Chinese which limits critical evaluation

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