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Neurol Res. 2007;29 Suppl 1:S5-9.

Historical difference between traditional Korean medicine and traditional Chinese medicine.

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Department of Korean Medical History, College of Korean Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul 130-701, Korea. chawung@khu.ac.kr

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Although traditional Korean medicine (TKM) has been influenced by traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), it has developed distinctive features. Around the tenth century, Chinese medical books were introduced to Korea. In those days, Koreans started movement to develop its own medical system.

METHODS:

We reviewed Korean and Chinese medical literatures, and analysed the characteristics between two medical systems.

RESULTS:

In the early 17th century, Dongeuibogam was published by Dr Joon Hur. He provided a turning point to establish Korean medical system independent from TCM. TKM emphasizes specific characteristics of the individual who suffered from the disease, rather than single symptom. The concept was elaborated by Dr Jae Ma Lee who published Dongeuisusaebowon in the early 20th century.

CONCLUSION:

Through historical development, TKM has established the unique characteristic and modality as the whole-person-centered medicine.

PMID:
17359633
DOI:
10.1179/016164107X172293
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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