March 1967

Chinese Folk Medicine.

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By Heinrich Wallnofer and Anna Von Rottauscher. Price, $3.95. Pp 180. Crown Publishers, Inc., 419 Park Ave S, NY 10016, 1965.

Arch Intern Med. 1967;119(3):315. doi:10.1001/archinte.1967.00290210147018

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The distant oriental culture has remained, for many, a mystery with a complicated history, an arcanum philosophy, and a logic suffused with a sense of poetry. This book, in giving the reader a glimpse of one aspect of Chinese life, affords him some insight into a wholly fascinating world: it is a delightful piece of "Chinoiserie" which ought to please the initiated and pique the neophyte.

One is first asked to grasp two concepts. (1) The complex but tight relationship between gods, demons, and man in Chinese culture where every thing, every being, indeed every aspect of life, must remain in harmonious balance with its surroundings (ie, organs are related to seasons, colors, flavors, etc). (2) The principle of -Yin- and -Yang-: all "ten thousand things" in the universe have been infused with the power of -Yin- and -Yang-. These opposite forces are in constant dynamic being everywhere, extending to

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