Medicine and healing in China. Approaching traditional Chinese medicine. 3rd revised and enlarged edition
This textbook and handbook of a physician and anthropologist, who has studied and practiced traditional medicine in China, has been written from an insider´s perspective. Ots includes ´textbook theory´ as well as everyday clinical practice - showing strengths and weaknesses, and limits of this medical tradition. Ots reports on the situation for traditional Chinese medicine in the 20th century, presents basic principles of thought relating to Chinese healing, and his experience with the Chinese public health system (1978-1995). He includes a medical-anthropological essay on the health care system and its actors, effects etc., case studies including the relation of physicians and patients in their contexts, psyche in the context of culture and society, and the last chapter deals with dietetics, societal parameters essential for the patient´s role, and a new, or re-discovered lay, or folk healing method of recent years: Qigong.
Keywords: Chinese medicine, traditional medicine, medical anthropology, Quigong, sociology of medicine, acupuncture