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The Spark in the Machine

How the Science of Acupuncture Explains the Mysteries of Western Medicine
Narrated by: Gavin Osborn
Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
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Why can salamanders grow new legs, and young children grow new fingertips, but adult humans can't regenerate? What is the electricity that flows through the human body? Is it the same thing that the Chinese call Qi? If so, what does Chinese medicine know that Western medicine ignores? 

Dan Keown's highly accessible, witty, and original book shows how Western medicine validates the theories of Chinese medicine and how Chinese medicine explains the mysteries of the body that Western medicine largely ignores. He explains the generative force of embryology, how the hearts of two people in love (or in scientific terms 'quantum entanglement') truly beat as one, how a cheating heart is also an ill heart (which is why men are twice as likely to die of a sudden heart attack with their mistresses than with their wives), how neural crest cells determine our lifespan, and why Proust's madeleines evoked the memories they did.

The book shows how the theories of Western and Chinese medicine support each other and how the integrated theory enlarges our understanding of how bodies work on every level. Full of good stories and surprising details, Dan Keown's book is essential listening for anyone who has ever wanted to know how the body really works.

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©2014 Daniel Keown (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Intelligent and fun reading !

In-depth Chinese Medicine is explained in a fun and yet intelligent way. It is full of knowledgable comparisons and correspondence with Western Medicine.

Thank you , Dr. I will trust any Western Doctor with respect as well as knowledge of Chinese Medicine.

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A brilliant, enlightening book

I am not great at absorbing anything vaguely scientific but this was so incredibly accessible and utterly fascinating, I would recommend to anyone with any interest in TCM.

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  • Jim
  • 19-10-19

interesting and fun ...

for a lay text. The embryological basis for of the book is fascinating, and Osborne reads it in an entertaining fashion

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  • Alison Tay
  • 07-10-19

An enlightening book!

Dr Keown’s book should be read by both Western medical doctors as well as TCM physicians. Brings a new dimension to how we think about health and solutions. Enjoyed listening to every chapter of the book!