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A collection of notes on the topics of classical Chinese, medicine, and traditional culture.

This blog is a collection of ruminations, translations, and personal opinions by Sabine and some guest authors. Reflecting my own personality, some posts are academic, some clinical, and some personal, some are excerpts from existing books and some may become part of future books. Please leave comments with feedback, questions, constructive criticism, and differences of opinion as long as you argue your reasons for disagreement logically. Any personal attacks, uncivil remarks, or self-promoting comments will be deleted.

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The Liu He 六合 and Suwen 5 (with comments by Kim Reed)

I have had my head stuck in Suwen 5 (The Great Treatise on the Responsive Manifestations of Yin and Yang 陰陽應象大論) lately, and spent far too many hours contemplating the meaning of 六合 about a third into the chapter. I have long heard people, especially Shanghanlun 傷寒論 fans, discuss the "Six Conformations," so I began to wonder about the connection between the two. This blog gives the context in Suwen 5, then my nerdy sinological notes, and then a much more interesting commentary by Kim Reed. Make sure you scroll down to that part.

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Julian Scott's Review of "Venerating the Root, Part One"

Julian Scott's review, for the Journal of Chinese Medicine: I am thrilled to have this work made accessible for the first time. It is a pleasure to read. What makes the book very special is that although it is a treatise on a wide range of conditions, including many gynaecological ones (in the earlier volumes), it describes illnesses that occur right at the beginning of life. I feel so at home with this approach. In the courses that I give, I always emphasise the importance of the early years: and how problems that occur in the early years may have an effect on health all the way through life. The specific symptoms may go away, but the underlying imbalance may remain, and reappear in another guise later on. Only by studying the first months and years can you understand the appearance of disease later on....

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Peter Firebrace's Poem on Sun Simiao and Pediatrics

The following is a poem that my dear friend, master poet and musician, and Chinese medicine practitioner and teacher Peter Firebrace wrote as a preface for my translation of the first part of Sun Simiao's writings on pediatrics (Vol. 5, part 1, published by Happy Goat Productions as "Venerating the Root, Part One"). If you are curious about the content of that book and don't want to buy it, here is a brief summary.

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