Dr., Doctour, Docere – What’s in a Title? Doctoral Titles in Chinese Medicine

Doctor Titles By William Morris, DAOM, PhD, LAc First published January, 2012, Vol. 13, Issue 01 Acupuncture Today I would like to explore  doctor titles, and the historical use and impact upon programs and policy. It is time that people entering the AOM field, putting in four years of effort and often times the better part of $100,000 earn the title of docto [...]

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Flexner to Eisenberg: The Turning of a Nation

By William Morris, DAOM, PhD, LAc Abraham Flexner was a reformer of education, particularly in the area of medicine. He devoted much of his life to education, attempting to gain a better understanding of its place in society.1 It could be said that he changed the face of medical education in America with his 1910 report Medical Education in the United States and Can [...]

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Thought, History and Critique: An appreciation of Chinese Medical Canon Relative to Pulse Diagnosis

(c) 2014 William R. Morris< PhD Pulse diagnosis. Thought, History and Critique provides a critical analysis of Leon Hammer’s article, Tradition and Revision (2002), republished as Discussion on Wang Shu He Pulse Classic, Parts One and Two (2009a, 2009b). In this critique, I adopt three vectors of rhetoric. First, I discuss medical epistemology (how we think and bu [...]

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Flexner to Eisenburg: The Turning of a Nation

Medical Economics and Politics of Evidence Let’s look at the problem of medical values in higher education, as they are essential to the current forms of care that are generally available and the consequent privileges available to a medical elite who are controlled by standards of care, whether those standards are in the best interest of a patient or not. because i [...]

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Book Review: What Is Medicine? Western and Eastern Approaches to Healing

By Paul U. Unschuld Reviewed by William R. Morris, PhD, DAOM, LAc Key Words: medical history, medical epistemology, Chinese medicine A sociologist by training, Paul U. Unschuld has expanded his professional roles to that of sinologist and historian. Currently professor and director of the Horst-Goertz Institute for the Theory, History, and Ethics of Chinese Life Sci [...]

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Thoughts on Ernst’s Review of Reviews: Acupuncture and Pain

Politics of Evidence Curious, I read the Pain® journal article by Edzard Ernst et al: Acupuncture: Does it alleviate pain and are there serious risks? A review of reviews (1). Their conclusion: “Although acupuncture is commonly used for pain control, doubts about its effectiveness and safety remain.” And, that, "Acupuncture remains associated with serious adverse [...]

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Monoculture Culture of the Mind, a Way Out:

 Knowledge Building through Cases   The case as tool for knowledge development sustains primacy if considered as a longitudinal series of data. In Monocultures of the Mind, I established history and advantages of the case in what might be called ‘local knowledge’ – that is, direct clinical experience of master practitioners. Here, the discussion on cases [...]

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