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Medicine in Future and Advantages of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine


The history of medical development shows that oriental medicine, or traditional medicine, was born through medical practice during the times when science and technology were immature and underdeveloped, whereas with the development of science and technology, Western medicine, or modern medicine, was born through experimental analysis and research. With the development of medicine, the pros and cons of both medical systems become increasingly evident. How to integrate them and learn from each other will be the direction of future development of medicine. The formation and development of integrated medicine will, inevitably, usher in a new era for medicine.

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Many thanks to Prof. ZHENG Xiao-hui from Northwestern University for his review, Prof. LI Zhao-guo from Shanghai Normal University for his guidance on translation from Chinese to English, Dr. KONG De-juan, WANG Yue-fen and LI Tao for participation in data searching.

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Zhang, Jh., Wu, Ms., Wang, Yf. et al. Medicine in Future and Advantages of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine. Chin. J. Integr. Med. 25, 87–90 (2019).

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