Qin Bo-Wei (1901-1970)
was among the most important physicians of the modern era. As a prominent clinician, educator, and scholar during a critical time of intense turbulence in China's history, Qin worked to salvage classical schools of thought and created one of the most coherent systems for understanding Chinese medicine. An excellent clinical manual, this book teaches a procedural method of thinking that serves as a foundation for a lifelong approach to herbal medicine.
An understanding of how to use Qin's core concepts gives practitioners effective tools to address the majority of diseases seen in the contemporary clinic. Reflecting the thinking of Chinese medicine's greatest clinicians, the text is organized by treatment method. This allows readers to follow the thought process underlying a prescription, rather than be bound to specified ingredients or original indications.
Ultimately, this approach opens up treatment possibilities that are often ignored in conventional textbooks. Qin's prescriptions utilize a small number of precisely combined ingredients, administered in small doses. Qin's original work is enriched Wu Bo-Ping's extensive commentary, which transforms it into a hands-on manual for the effective practice of herbal medicine.
This is a text that imparts a wealth of clinical knowledge rooted in the tradition of an influential Chinese medicine lineage.