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In this book, most theories and principles proposed by the authors are creative and convincing.
By Feng LING, MD

Alate night in March, I finally came home after 30+ hours flying from Argentina. A package that contained the book entitled Clinical Reflexology of Acupuncture by Prof. Jin and his colleagues was delivered to my door. As I began to read the book, novel perspectives about acupuncture therapy and the meridian theory immediately caught my attention and I could not put it down until the wee hours of the next morning, almost forgetting my fatigue due to the long trip.


In this book(Contemporary Medical Acupuncture), most theories and principles proposed by the authors are creative and convincing. Especially the viewpoint of realizing the impending leap of acupuncture from art to science through establishment and development of contemporary medical acupuncture is indeed relevant. I could identify with Prof. Jin as I had similar clinical experiences in the past. In the early 1970’s, I engaged in ample clinical acupuncture, especially the auricular acupuncture, and experienced both its advantages and disadvantages. Since the 1980’s, in my medical practice as a neurosurgeon, acupuncture has also been extensively applied to rehabilitate patients with various cerebrovascular diseases. Currently, in my hospital, like most hospitals in China, acupuncture therapy has become a routine method of treatment in the fields of neurosurgery and neurology. However, we also met those challenges of classical acupuncture mentioned in the book by Prof. Jin. Thus, I believe that those acupuncture techniques with consistent or reproducible effects will definitely benefit patients.
This summer, it was my pleasure to meet Prof. Jin in person at Milwaukee, USA after attending an international conference in Hawaii. I was not only deeply impressed with his rich expertise in medicine, including acupuncture, but also awed by his expert knowledge in science, education, and methodology of the systems theory or cybernetics. His book Best Method of Learning published in 1986 was just another example in applying a systems approach in the field of education. Currently, he is dedicating his energy and enthusiasm to the study of integrative medicine, and together, we are exploring potential research collaborations.


In short, this book takes a systems approach to learning yet is comprehensive enough to teach the fundamentals as well as venturing into the advanced concepts of acupuncture. In my opinion, few today’s acupuncture books are like this one that is written in such concise, modern, evidence-based, and scientific language. This book is suitable to all medical professionals, I highly recommend it as an advanced textbook or reference guide to surgeons, physicians, and other MDs interested in integrating acupuncture into their clinical practice and research.

 

(Prof. LING, Feng, MD: Director of Institute of Cerebrovascular Diseases at Capital University of Medical Sciences; Director of Dept of Neurosurgery and Intervention Center at Beijing Xuanwu Hospital; Director of Beijing Center for Cerebrovascular Diseases; Chair of International Interventional Neuroradiology Education Committee; Honorary Chair (tenured) of Asia-Australian Society of Interventional Neuroradiology.)

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Index of Book Reviews
In this book, most theories and principles proposed by the authors are creative and convincing.
By Feng LING, MD
The “Whole Body Reflex Zones”, a unique term originally coined by the authors.
By Frances Talaska Fischbach, RN, BSN, MSN
An outstanding book compared to its counterparts on acupuncture
By Dr. Xuemin Shi
A Historical Milestone in Evidence-based Acupuncture Medicine
By Yun-tao Ma, PhD
This book will significantly advance the clinical practice of acupuncture
By Shi-Jiang LI, PhD
The birth of the book fully reflects Dr. Guan-Yuan Jin’s unique background, working expertise, and ways of thinking
By Kuishan ZHENG, OMD
Contemporary Medical Acupuncture – A Systems Approach is a breakthrough
By ZHAO, Shensheng, PhD