Concise Chinese Materia Medica
By Eric Brand and Nigel Wiseman

This is the first really new textbook since the 1980's. What is new is not that it covers materia medica, but that it explains materia medica in the context of internal medicine. As you read each monograph the chapter introductions and sections explaining the normal function, pathomechanisms, clinical concepts and pathologies related to the medicinal category will have prepared you to achieve maximum understanding and memorability. The accompanying CD-ROM will reinforce learning through self-test questions designed to make your study efficient by indicating what materials require further study.  The CD-ROM also contains a database application containing the core data for each medicinal studied, an image of it as a high-grade decoction piece, and clinical notes.   The application has a text-editable notes facility that can be use to store and display, your own notes, notes shared with others, or curriculum provided by instructors who adopt the text.

Concise Chinese Materia Medica represents a breakthrough in the Western world of Chinese medical literature. Its focus on core clinical information makes it both a practical clinical reference as well as a reliable resource for students facing licensing examinations. Designed with the input of students, educators, and expert practitioners, it identifies and clarifies challenging aspects of medicinal therapy in an effort to improve knowledge acquisition and maximize treatment efficacy. By presenting a wealth of authentic information in a concise and focused manner, this text stands alone as an affordable source of all the key information needed in both the classroom and the clinic.

Designed as a student text with an emphasis on exam preparation and fundamental concept acquisition, it is a unique source of information that in many ways surpasses the Chinese source texts that inspired it. Utilizing a modern, didactic teaching approach that emphasizes clear, step-by-step explanations of theory and application, the Concise Chinese Materia Medica sheds light on the subtle nuances of medicinal actions and traditional disease classifications that can make or break classroom and clinical success. Additionally, by surveying the range of core information found in authoritative Chinese texts, it identifies trends and presents a reliable consensus of information that cannot be matched by any single Chinese source.

● This book provides concisely everything you need to know about medicinals to pass licensing examinations.

● The clear format facilitates study, memorization, and access to information.

● Extensive chapter introductions facilitate overall mastery of the materials and understanding of the relevant clinical concepts.

● Includes a unique collection of the relationships between medicinals and diseases.

● The accompanying CD contains self-test questions in formats that guide and reinforce learning.

 ● The accompanying CD contains Windows and OSX reference software you can use through-out your career .

● Best value for the price.

Created specifically for the needs of Western students and practitioners, the Concise Chinese Materia Medica provides a comprehensive foundation for Chinese medicinal therapy with a level of portability and versatility not found in other texts. Its conscientious design allows for efficiency in study and easy accessibility in the clinic, and the text is complemented by a variety materials on CD-ROM, including full-color images of the medicinals as selected by expert clinicians from the stock of the finest Chinese pharmacies. The addition of study materials and self-test questions on CD-ROM allows students to save a great deal of time and money by minimizing the need for homemade study materials and expensive test-prep courses. With a price tag that can be accommodated within even a student's budget, this is a book that should not be missed!

 Concise Chinese Materia Medica comes with a disk of free software.  These include a searchable database of the core data for each medicinal in which you may add (and share) your own notes  There is also a self-test application with ready-made self-tests for the entire text, images that can be used in your personal writings or as pharmacy container labels, and a set of label files for producing container labels or flash cards.   The software should function on Windows XP and Vista (possibly on versions of W2000), OSX 10.4 and higher on the power PC chip (possibly on older version to OSX 10.2), OSX 10.5 and higher on the Intel chip (possibly on older versions to OSX 10.2).  The software is "green software" provided for free to the original purchasers of the  Concise Chinese Materia Medica. Because of the variability of systems and the fonts available on those systems, we cannot guarantee function or usability.   There is no support available.  Installation instructions and a user guide are provided on the CD.   A sample of the user guide is downloadable here.


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Publication Date: ● December 2008
● Two column, two color text; ● 600; ● Full size; ● $99.95
● Includes CD-based self-test questions, a reference application for OSX and Windows, Files for labels and flash cards.
● Simultaneous world-wide release
ISBN 0-912111-82-8
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