Well-used copies of volumes 1 and 2 of the Clinical Handbook of Internal Medicine take pride of place on many practitioners' bookshelves. Their popularity has derived in part from their extensive and well planned contents and in part from the fact that their treatment suggestions - both herbal and acupuncture - have real clinical efficacy. This is not always the case with clinical manuals, nor is it common to books which manage to answer many of the clinical puzzles we confront daily in the clinic and whose answers are rarely to be found in other texts.
The decision was made by the authors to arrange the first two volumes according to disorders of the five zang and the stomach. The welcome appearance of volume three - covering disorders of qi, blood, fluids and channels - now addresses disorders that did not fit into the scheme of volumes one and two. Each disorder is covered in the meticulous way we have come to expect, with a general overview, Chinese and Western medicine disease description, charts and tables showing key clinical features and appropriate herbs and acupuncture points, flow charts to make differentiation easier followed by detailed differentiation and treatment of the presenting patterns and a final summary.
There are many riches to be found in this book. Practitioners will welcome the lengthy and detailed coverage of disorders such as abdominal masses, depression, diabetes mellitus, oedema, acute and chronic fevers, headache, muscle weakness and atrophy, numbness and paraesthesia, obesity, painful obstruction (bi) syndrome and thyroid disorders. However a few chapters stand out for the immense value they offer in treating other difficult and often poorly understood disorders.
Lingering colds and flu (for example lasting longer than a week) are exceptionally common in the clinic, yet it can be difficult to decide how best to treat them. This subject is rarely covered elsewhere and a practitioner can struggle to analyse the balance between excess and deficiency, heat and cold, internal and external. Similarly valuable are the chapters on lingering pathogens (the disease category that helps make sense of many chronic disorders that Western medicine is unable either to explain or to treat) and tiredness.
Sweating disorders (night, spontaneous, hands and feet, armpits, head and chest, half of the body, genitals, yellow) are covered in eighty detailed pages.
As before, while the greater part of the treatment information is herbal medicine, acupuncture is covered in sufficient detail to make this one of those few essential texts that every practitioner should own.
|Author||Will Maclean Jane Lyttleton|
|Number Of Pages||996|