By: Claude Larre and Elizabeth Rochat de la Vallee
The authors explore the principles of classical Chinese medicine via philological interpretation of the characters used for the central concepts. Both the encompassing ideas of Chinese philosophy (Dao, yin-yang and qi) and the specifically medical concepts (wei, jing, mai) are viewed as families of associations. Each idea is related according to its etymological antecedent and its place in cosmology. The authors' concern is with the complex of associations that accrues to the characters through the historical place of the ideas in Chinese thought.