Mastery in Chinese Medicine
exploring historical and modern ideas about becoming masterful in medicine
This is a video of my 90 minute presentation to the British Acupuncture Council conference in September 2017. We examine the cognitive aspects of masterful medical practice from both ancient Daoist and modern science perspectives. Looking first at the Warring States and Han dynasty masters’ quest for discerning pattern and change by means of perceptual acuity, I then discuss how the acquisition of high level expertise has been studied in modern cognitive science. We look at issues such as yi-intention, wu wei, shi - strategic power in relation to the Nai Ye classic and the work of early physicians such as Bian Que and Sun Si-miao, etc. Included are some tips on practical applications and activities we might use to cultivate these skills as part of a quest for high level practice of our medicine.
I am a UK-based clinician, educator and author on classical acupuncture and Chinese medicine with diverse other interests including science, cognition and PR.
As a med school physiologist in the 1970’s fate led me to explore the neurobiology research into acupuncture’s mechanisms, this triggered a career shift and I began formal Classical acupuncture and CHM study in 1981.
A decade later joined the faculty at a lead UK TCM college and worked variously as senior lecturer, CHM course director and master’s supervisor. In 2000 I gained my MSc on the scientific investigation of TCM medical models and served on the British Acupuncture Council’s (BAcC) research committee as well as gaining experience as MSc External Examiner for various UK universities. Presenting regularly across the EU for 3 decades, I have published numerous papers on our medicine and have a textbook in print on the historical development of acupuncture and Chinese medicine.I have long been saddened by the resistance our profession has faced and so have been drawn to investigate the dark arts
of PR, branding and belief change. In recent years I havecontributed to platforms such as the EBA and ANF.