Terminology in Chinese Medicine: A Critique of the WHO term list

Submitted by Herman Oving on September 13, 2007 - 3:16pm.

Terminology in Chinese Medicine: A Critique of the WHO term list

N. Herman Oving, translator of Chinese medical literature

Abstract

This paper shows severe flaws in the terminology as proposed by the document WHO International Standard Terminologies on Traditional Medicine in the Western Pacific Region. After an overview of general principles applied in terminology, the methodology behind the WHO list is discussed, illustrated by an analysis of several terms and definitions.

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