Well one of my ulterior motives in this thread was to try and highlight the trials and tribulations of many of the older practitioners that experienced the massive changes of modern/New China and turmoil the Cultural Revolution. There are some amazing stories there that are truly inspiring.
For now, I'm just going to rip some quotes out of Volker Scheid's "Chinese Medicine in Contemporary China" (pge135-9) about Professor Zhu (may or may not be his real name), a zhongyi/ä¸åŒ» (ie. in China that generally infers herbalist) that Scheid examines there that I think has many qualities to admire and aspire to:
"Professor Zhu, who describes himself as a practitioner of integrated Chinese and Western medicine, claims to utilise both the most advanced scientific knowledge and a broad range of resources from the Chinese medical tradition. He eschews linkage with any one school or doctrine of Chinese medicine, yet holds that integration is best advanced from a firm foundation within Chinese medicine: zhongyi xuexi xiyi/ä¸åŒ»å¦ä¹ è¥¿åŒ»(practitioners of Chinese medicine studying Western medicine) rather than Mao Zedong's xiyi xuexi zhongyi/è¥¿åŒ»å¦ä¹ ä¸åŒ» (practitioners of Western medicine studying Chinese medicine) formulation.... Besides examination by the four methods of Chinese diagnosis (sizhen/å››è¯Š), he routinely orders ECGs, blood and urine tests, X-rays and CT scans....
...Professor Zhu is a man of many interests, in art and philosophy as well as medicine, who emphasised the need for the wide-ranging perspective and combination of modern and classical thought and practice his profession and hobbies taught him. He is an accomplished painter who never fails to impress on his students (including myself) the close relation between medicine and art. He frequently recounts how his ability to paint helped him (literally) to survive a time when merely being a doctor was not enough [employed his artistic skills as a painter of Mao Zedong portraits in order to survive attacks on his political background]. And he claims that it provided him as well with dexterity and an ability to look at things simultaneously from different perspectives.
In his teaching he emphasised the importance of both modern and classical thought. Elucidating a treatment strategy, Professor Zhu might thus discourse on the crucial importance of balance and the Doctrine of the Mean (zhongyong/ä¸åº¸), on the principles of action without interference (wu wei/æ— ä¸º), and on the importance of learning by heart, while citing Hegel and Marx in order to emphasise the importance of dialectical contradiction
(maodun/çŸ›ç›¾) for medical practice."
Thesis, antithesis, synthesis