Probably one of the most challenging things in Integrative Medicine is to understand the different modalities well enough for practitioners to communicate effectively and to truly integrate treatment. One book is by far the best I’ve ever read for Eastern and Western medicine to find common ground.
The following few paragraphs are from a review I wrote for Amazon on The Spark in the Machine – How the Science of Acupuncture Explains the Mysteries of Western Medicine By Dr. Daniel Keown M.B. Ch. B., Lic.Ac.
The Spark in the Machine is a must read for acupuncturists, medical doctors, nurses and anyone else active in Integrative Medicine. For that matter, it’s a fascinating, informative and accessible read for anyone interested in the future of medicine.
What Dr. Keown has done is basically a translation of the poetic language of acupuncture into the technical language of modern medical science. What is most fascinating and eye opening is that the poetry is actually more literal than metaphoric.
For instance, he proposes that the fascia is the link between acupuncture and anatomy. The fascia define compartments in the body and the spaces between the fascia are where the internal meridians lie. Acupuncture describes the meridians as the “empty spaces”, which makes complete sense when you recognize what surgeons know, that there is an empty space between the fascia.