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Frontiers of Medicine

ISSN 2095-0217

ISSN 2095-0225(Online)

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Front. Med.    2014, Vol. 8 Issue (3) : 328-336     DOI: 10.1007/s11684-014-0359-6
Methodological challenges to human medical study
Yixin Zhong1,*(),Baoyan Liu2,Hua Qu2,Qi Xie2
1. Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing 100876, China
2. China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100700, China
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With the transformation of modern medicinal pattern, medical studies are confronted with methodological challenges. By analyzing two methodologies existing in the study of physical matter system and information system, the article points out that traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), especially the treatment based on syndrome differentiation, embodies information conception of methodological positions, while western medicine represents matter conception of methodological positions. It proposes a new way of thinking about combination of TCM and western medicine by combinating two kinds of methodological methods.

Keywords medical paradigm      traditional Chinese medicine      western medicine      scientific view      scientific methodology     
Corresponding Authors: Yixin Zhong   
Online First Date: 26 August 2014    Issue Date: 09 October 2014
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Fig.1  Information conversion in entirety. G is the Goa, K1 the primary-consciousness-based knowledge, K2 the intellect-based knowledge, K3 the emotion-based knowledge, and K4 the decision-making-based knowledge.
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