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The Way of Thinking in Chinese Medicine

Theory, Methodology and Structure of Chinese Medicine


Edited By Friedrich G. Wallner, Fengli Lan and Martin J. Jandl

Chinese Medicine is an outstanding scientific proposition system with its own structural, methodological and theoretical prerequisites flowing into the specific practices that make Chinese Medicine popular in the Western world. However, we should be aware of the fact that Chinese Medicine is challenged in its existence because it is widely unknown. Fostering the understanding of Chinese Medicine in various aspects is, hence, the main aim of this book that gives interesting insights into the discussions on current developments in Chinese Medicine research.


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Sophie Chung Structural Paralellisms in Psychoanalysis and Traditional Chinese Medicine and Their Struggle for Scientific Acknowledgement in the Western World 118


118 Sophie Chung Structural Paralellisms in Psychoanalysis and Tradi- tional Chinese Medicine and Their Struggle for Scien- tific Acknowledgement in the Western World Initially, one might be confused and tempted to question the topic of this work. It may seem that the intention of describing structural similarities of Psychoanalysis and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) are an unrea- sonable endeavor in means of philosophy of science given by the different history, origin, cultural background and many other factors that are asso- ciated with those two disciplines. However, when taking a closer look, a number of parallelisms in certain aspects become apparent – more than one would probably have expected. The most prominent aspect evolving from a construct of structural similarities is the struggle for scientific ac- knowledgement among the western scientific world. Therefore, a short introduction about how science is defined in our western oriented world should be given before going into further discus- sion about structural characteristics of Psychoanalysis and TCM. Regard- ing the numbers of books and articles that have been published about the definition of what it takes to be regarded as being scientific, it becomes clear that many more or less brilliant minds throughout history have scruti- nized this issue and that the following can be only a very rough overview. To understand, why Psychoanalysis and TCM are so often mislea- dingly expelled from being scientific, we need to understand, how science is defined in our western world and that this is not the only scientific sys- tem...

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