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Acupuncture and Chinese medicine: roots of modern practice
  1. David Frederick Mayor
  1. School of Health and Social Work, University of Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, UK
  1. Correspondence to David Mayor, 86 Handside Lane, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL8 6SJ, UK; davidmayor{at}

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Charles Buck. Published by Singing Dragon (Jessica Kingsley Publications), London, 2015, 352 pp. £40.00 (hardback). ISBN: 9781848191594.

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The tarred brush of populist superstition too easily paints over the achievements of the real scholars of history (p 24)

Charles Buck, currently chairman of the British Acupuncture Council and a Fellow of the Register of Chinese herbal medicine since 1998, has practised both forms of Chinese medicine (CM) for over 30 years. With a medical science background (a first degree in physiology), he is well known for his practical and engaging seminars on acupuncture needling techniques.

In this nicely presented book, 15 years in the making, he offers a ‘plain and readable’ account of the history of CM and its ideas, based on reliable sources in English and Chinese but without the clutter of academic footnotes and referencing. Arranged chronologically, the seven main chapters cover medicine in China before the Han dynasty, during the Han, in the post-Han and Tang dynasties, and so on up to the Qing and early 20th century. In attempting …

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