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  • Genre:MEDICAL
  • SubGenre:Acupuncture
  • Language:English
  • Series title:Contemporary Oriental Medicine
  • Series Number:2
  • Pages:238
  • Paperback ISBN:9781667847566

Contemporary Oriental Medicine: Methodology

by Leon I. Hammer, M.D. and Oliver Nash M.B.Ac., MT, LicAc., ADV CST, BSc (Hons)

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For decades, Dr. Hammer taught the system of pulse diagnosis that he uses to many students all over the world. But he's never taught what to do with that information, and how he utilizes it to formulate a treatment plan. This book goes beyond writing a case history by describing his thinking behind each step. The key is diagnosis.
Following on from Concepts, the first book in his Contemporary Oriental Medicine series, Dr. Hammer presents Methodology: an essential examination of the full diagnostic and management process. He focuses on the three key stages - Acquisition, Assessment, and Management - and describes each using a complete and thorough case history. Methodology follows one patient, from her initial interview to her treatment plan and beyond, and describes in great detail the reasons, explanations, and importance of every step of the process. Highlighting Dr. hammer's focus on each patient as an individual, and the necessity of determining the true root of each condition, Methodology provides an invaluable guidebook to any practitioner of Oriental medicine. It offers a framework to allow practitioners to understand better the information they gather from patients, and multiple ways they can increase and enhance the quality and quantity of that information. Whatever your style of medicine, you will find this book a vital companion and the key to many of the puzzles of practice.
About the author
Methodology is the second of four textbooks that will capstone Dr. Leon Hammer's work. Volume 3, Lifestyles, is due out in late 2019. Volume 4, The Triple-Burner in 2020. You can help fund the 4th book at COMFoundation.org Born in 1924, Dr. Hammer served in WWII as a Navigator, Aerial Gunner, Captain, and Physician. A life-long learner, Dr. Hammer graduated from Cornell Medical College and William A. White psychoanalysis & Psychiatry. In 1974, he began a twenty-seven year-long apprenticeship with a Chinese Master in New York City, Dr. John H.F. Shen. During this time, Dr. Hammer spent four months studying in Beijing, China. His study and work with Dr. Shen had a huge influence on his work, eventually leading him to develop what has become Contemporary Oriental Medicine. In 1975, Dr. Hammer achieved certification to practice acupuncture in New York State and later also became a registered acupuncturist in Maryland, where he studied and taught at the Traditional Acupuncture Institute. In 1985 he was granted honorary 'Diplomate in Acupuncture' status by the NCCA. Dr. Hammer has practiced Chinese medicine since 1973. He has lectured and taught in places as diverse as Spain, Poland, Italy, Holland, Germany, England, Australia, and Japan, as well as all over the United States. He served as a member of the Commission for Evaluation of Acupuncture Schools, and was appointed a member of the National Blue Ribbon Committee for Initiation of the Herbal Examination. From 1991 through 1998, he was a member of the New York State Board of Acupuncture. In 2001, Dr. Hammer received an award as "Educator of the Year" for participation and contribution to excellence in education from the American Association of Oriental Medicine. In 2002, he received an award from the Traditional Chinese Medicine Foundation for "Building Bridges of Integration" between Oriental medicine and Western Medicine. In April 2001, Dr. Hammer helped found Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine in Gainesville, Florida. He served as Chairman of the Board and as a faculty member, offering direction and guidance to students and practitioners. The school is distinguished not only by its strong focus on diagnosis, especially Contemporary Chinese pulse, but also by its curriculum, Contemporary Oriental Medicine. COM stresses psychology, along with a methodology for thinking in Chinese medicine, and integrates parts of various models including TCM and Five-Element into a unique whole. The College is accredited by the National Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental medicine and licensed by the state of Florida to grant Master's degrees in acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Dr. Hammer was first published on the subject of Chinese medicine in the American Journal of Acupuncture in 1980, and subsequently has written numerous articles on a range of subjects within the medical field. His first book, Dragon Rises, Red Bird Flies (Eastland Press, 1990) was also translated and published in Germany and Spain, and has become a classic in the field. His second book, Chinese Pulse Diagnosis, A Contemporary Approach (Eastland Press, 2001), has been described as a seminal work. In 2008 his third book was published: The Patient-Practitioner Relationship in Acupuncture (Thieme). He has written a compendium of the herbal formulae of Dr. John H.F. Shen (Thieme, 2012, with Hamilton Rotte), and, most recently, Eastland Press published Dr. Hammer's The Handbook of Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis (2012). Dr. Leon Hammer, M.D.as a great love of nature and ecology, and a passion for ensuring that all creatures are treated with equal respect and compassion. Dr. Hammer enjoys sailing, kayaking, cross-country skiing, and tennis, although sometimes he is happiest just sitting and watching the birds, trees and mountains from his window. He is married with children and grandchildren, and currently lives in Florida.