Author Niu Xin
Publisher • People’s Medical Publishing House
Language English &Chinese
Page material gelatine plate paper
An Introductory Course in Medicine is one of the Chinese-English bilingual textbooks included in the Eleventh Five-Year Plan programs of the Ministry of Health of the People's Republic of China, which are adopted by Chinese colleges and universities of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for the international visiting students whose major is TCM. As a Chinese-English bilingual textbook, An Introductory Course in Medicine is suitable to be used in the preparatory course offered to these students.
It has been found that many international visiting students majoring in TCM face Chinese language difficulty at the beginning of their study, although they have already learned the language. One of the purposes of An Introductory Course in Medicine, which has been added into the curriculum of the preparatory course as a brand-new study subject, is just to let these students get trained in Chinese medical language while learning some basic medical knowledge before they take their undergraduate course on TCM.
An Introductory Course in Medicine consists of three parts, i.e., the modern medicine, TCM, and the integration of TCM and modern medicine (ITCMMM). Part I introduces to the students certain amount of basic knowledge on anatomy, histology and embryology, pathology, physiology, biochemistry, and immunology, in order to let them have an overview of the structure and function of the human body. Part II offers the students the basic knowledge on TCM, including the philosophical standpoints, basic concepts and theories, diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, etc. Part III gives the students a general picture of ITCMMM in the last 50 years, including its emergence, development, academic ideas on research work, research achievements, prospects, etc. The content of An Introductory Course in Medicine is arranged in a way of making complex subjects easy to understand, in order to cultivate the students' interest of study and help them lay a solid foundation for their further study of the various preclinical and clinical subjects of TCM, modern medicine and ITCMM.
An Introductory Course in Medicine was edited and translated in a close cooperation by the members of its Editing and Translating committee, and the Editor-in-chief and translator-in-chief were in charge of the proofreading of its Chinese and English manuscripts in order to assure its academic quality. Heartfelt thanks should be given to the leaders and experts of the China National Association of International Exchange and Collaboration in TCM Higher Education, the People's Medical Publishing House, and many Chinese TCM colleges and universities, who gave a great support to An Introductory Course in Medicine, especially to Prof. Wu Xiufen of the China National Association of International Exchange and Collaboration in TCM Higher Education, who contributed so much to the designing of the framework of An Introductory Course in Medicine. The same thanks should also be given to Niu Shudong, Li Haiyan, Zhu Qingwen, Zhang Qian, Pei Yumei, Yang Xiaoling, Du Hong, Guo Zhou and Gao Wei of Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, who did so much to help the editing and translation of this textbook.
Finally, we would like to point out that as a newly developed textbook, An Introductory Course in Medicine unavoidably has some small or big shortcomings although every effort was made to perfect it, so we invite any comments or suggestions, which will be valued and considered for its next edition.
the editing and translating committee
of an introductory course in medicine
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has a unique theoretical system and is clinically effective. Over the past few decades it has been attracting increasing attention from all over the world. More and more overseas students come to China to learn TCM and there has been a huge upsurge in the learning of TCM worldwide. To meet the needs of these students, accelerate the processes of internationalization of TCM, and improve the quality of education available to overseas students coming to China to learn TCM, these textbooks have been compiled by China National Association of International Exchange and Collaboration in TCM Higher Education in accordance with the wishes of the Ministry of Education of P.R.C., the Ministry of Health of P.R.C., and the State Administration Bureau of TCM of P.R.C.. The Textbook Office Affiliated to the Ministry of Health of P.R.C. has attached great importance to the matter. In addition, the compilation of the textbooks has the support of the following important organizations: International Cooperation and Exchange Department of the Ministry of Education of P.R.C., China Scholarship Council, Chinese Association of Universities and Colleges for Foreign Students Affairs, all the colleges and universities of TCM, and the People's Medical Publishing House. This series of textbooks has been brought into the Eleventh Five-Year Plan of the Ministry of Health of P.R.C. and a new organization, the Editing Committee of Chinese-English Bilingual Textbooks Included in the Eleventh Five-Year Plan of the Ministry of Health of P.R.C. for International Students of Chinese TCM Institutions, was established.
The textbooks have been compiled to conform to the standards of the exam syllabus for international licensed TCM professionals, Chinese licensed TCM physicians, and the 21st century textbooks for TCM universities (referencing the 5th, 6th, and 7th editions).
The textbooks are bilingual, with content first in Chinese and then in English. The total is ten textbooks: Fundamental Theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Diagnostics of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chinese Materia Medica, Formulas of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Traditional Chinese Internal Medicine, Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Science of Tuina, Gynecology of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Health Preservation of Traditional Chinese Medicine, An Introductory Course in Medicine. The compilers of the textbooks adhered to "three points: basic theories, basic knowledge, and basic techniques"; "five features: the ideological, scientific, advanced, enlightening, and practical"; and "three principles: specific readers, specific requirements, and specific levels". Great attention has been paid to the issues of inheritance and innovation, traditional and modem aspects, theory and practice, and Chinese medicine and biomedicine. It is our aim to make the theories of TCM systematic, presenting key points in concise language that will lead to practical clinical applications.
There was a strict procedure for selecting and translators. Names of compilers and translators had to be approved by the Editing Committee of Chinese-English Bilingual Textbooks Included in the Eleventh Five-Year Plan of the Ministry of Health of P.R.C. for International Students of Chinese TCM Institutions, and The Textbook Office Affiliated to the Ministry of Health of P.R.C. All candidates selected are experts with years of experience teaching TCM to international students.
Each textbook was repeatedly examined and revised to guarantee quality by numerous committees at multiple stages. The English text was thoroughly reviewed by foreign experts.
Introducing TCM to overseas students in China and abroad meets with many challenges of communication and dissemination of material. We hope this series of textbooks will make great contributions to the development of Chinese culture, the improvement of human health, and the promotion of scientific and cultural exchange between China and the rest of the world.
china national association of international exchange and
Collaboration in TCM Higher Education
editing committee of chinese-english bilingual textbooks
included in the eleventh five-year plan of the ministry of health of
p.r.c. for international students of chinese tcm institutions
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