The Clinical Medicine Guide
Printed in Ireland, paperback, A4, 450 pagesISBN952218933
The Clinical Medicine Guide - A Holistic Perspective
The definitive pathology textbook from Stephen Gascoigne, containing 19 chapters covering every major organ system with dedicated chapters on Philosophy, Pathological Processes, Investigations, Infectious Disease and Cancer. Each chapter discusses both holistic and conventional ideas of the system being presented. In addition, there are clear disease classifications that are tailored for the holistic practitioner.
Each disease is discussed from the viewpoint of: Definition, Complication, Investigation, Treatment, Holistic management cases and Symptoms
The section on holistic management discusses how to deal with cases complicated by prescribed drugs, how to assess the severity of a case and includes details of the corresponding syndrome in terms of Chinese Medicine. At the end of each chapter there is information on how to recognise serious symptoms that may need referral.
This textbook forms the core of Alternative Training's Pathology & Disease course and can also be bought on its own.
"Dr. Gascoigne has produced a much needed and excellent work. This volume combines orthodox pathology with energetic concepts in a clear and precise way. A must for every alternative student and practitioner. I truly think this is a wonderful book!"
Jeremy Sherr, Homeopath, Author, Lecturer, Principal and Founder of Dynamis
"Dr Gascoigne's book fills the gap in current literature between orthodox medical knowledge and perspective and that which needs to be known by the prospective practitioner of healing. The philosophy of healing is understood in its universal application and this is woven into the fabric of the text. We use it as a basic text at The School of Homeopathy."
Misha Norland, Homeopath, Author, International Lecturer, Principal and Founder of the School of Homeopathy
"I opened up the book today to take a quick peek and an HOUR later was deep into it. I was riveted. It is clear and detailed, comprehensive and concise, all at the same time. You've incorporated lots of pragmatic distillations (rather than the millions of useless words in the big medical manuals or the not very helpful home symptom guides). The differential diagnoses (integrating holistic medical thinking and common sense) are excellent. The cases inspirational. Congratulations! I shan't hesitate to recommend your book whenever and wherever I can."
Miranda Castro, Homeopath, Author, International Lecturer
About the author
Dr Stephen Gascoigne M.B., Ch.B., C.Ac. (Shanghai), Dip. CHM.
I completed my medical training in 1976 in Liverpool, UK and worked for over 6 years in hospital and then general practice. It was during my time in general practice that I began to see methods of treating people that were quite different to my experience and understanding.
There were homoeopaths, acupuncturists and osteopaths working locally who were clearly, in many cases, doing more for patients than I could with my knowledge and training in conventional medicine. This aroused my curiosity and I began training in methods of holistic medicine particularly allergy work and nutrition.
For a time I was medical advisor the the Morecambe Bay Cancer Help Centre which was run by someone who had recovered from cancer by using natural methods of diet and relaxation. I was privileged to hear and see amazing stories of recovery from cancer.
I did several weekend courses as a GP in homoeopathy and acupuncture and I used these methods with some success. However, when I met someone who had trained in acupuncture for 6 months in China, I quickly realised that a weekend course was not quite enough to enable me to call myself an acupuncturist! At the same time, I was becoming increasingly disillusioned with conventional medical practice. Consequently, I left general practice to focus solely on holistic medicine.
I spent a couple of years at the Northern College of Homoeopathy in the UK and had a great time beginning to understand the philosophies of holistic medicine, specifically homoeopathy. However, I felt that I had a closer connection with Oriental philosophies and, in 1985, I went to China myself to study acupuncture. I was completely inspired particularly by the fact that a whole system of holistic medicine is state supported with hospitals and clinics dedicated to Chinese medicine.
Following my return to the UK, I practised acupuncture and subsequently trained in London in Chinese herbal medicine with the esteemed master of Chinese medicine, Tinh Thong Nguyen, a 3rd generation Vietnamese practitioner of Chinese medicine.
I now work in West Cork, Ireland practising Chinese medicine and in Bath, Somerset. I am a fully registered medical practitioner with the UK General Medical Council and the Medical Council in Ireland. I am also registered with the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine in the UK, the Irish Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine and The Acupuncture Council of Ireland.
I am keen to support practitioners of holistic medicine in their practice and offer supervision to individuals as well as seminars and lectures to students, practitioners and colleges. I have written 3 books with these aims in mind. The Chinese Way to Health (Connections, 2000) is an introduction to Chinese medicine and its methods for the general public. It is full of practical self-help advice. Two textbooks are for students and practitioners of holistic medicine - The Clinical Medicine Guide (2001) and The Prescribed Drug Guide (2003). In addition, there is a distance-learning study guide to accompany The Clinical Medicine Guide - Pathology & Diease for Alternative Practitioners by Alternative Training. This enables people to study at their own pace with support from other resources as well as a tutor. In 2006, I wrote a booklet Natural Alternatives to Depression (2006) which was accompanied by a public launch and talks at Neal's Yard Remedies throughout the UK.
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