Pathomechanisms of the Lung discusses repletion conditions of the lung, including impaired diffusion of the lung, impaired depurative downbearing of the lung, and impaired diffusion and downbearing of the lung.
The second section presents vacuity conditions, including vacuity of lung qi, lung yang, lung yin, and lung blood.
Each pathomechanism is described in detail with references to its historical development, then further differentiated by the specific etiological factors.
Each subsection discusses the origins and development of ideas relevant to this pathology, then gives the various symptoms, treatment strategies, and specific formulas, often with modifications to address the particular symptoms more directly.
It is here that the author offers a review of relevant literature, spanning the entire range of traditional medical literature beginning with the early classics. For each text, he gives the specific quotations and then paraphrases and explains it. This provides the reader a sense of the historical evolution as well as the various clinical perspectives on each pathomechanism. At the conclusion of each section, the author summarizes the information in a useful table that differentiates again by etiology and then lists specific symptoms in each case. The appendices include a section on modern research, a Chinese-English bibliography in alphabetical order (with both classical texts and journal articles on modern research) and a Chinese bibliography organized by stroke number.
This series of works provides invaluable aid for all students and practitioners of Chinese medicine, contributing important insights and helping to maximize clinical results.
Edited by Nigel Wiseman and Anthony Venuti,
translated by Sabine Wilms.