Currents, Culture and Conversation Through Time • Volker Scheid • Qi129
Many of us like to think we are connected with doctors throughout time, that we practice the same medicine in a continuous flow from the days of Huang Di down to this modern moment. It’s a lovely narrative. One that our patients often think about as well when they say “It’s been around 2000 years, there must be something to it.”
But as Volker Scheid, the guest of today’s conversation, points out “The way patients were even 40 years ago, the way they spoke and thought of their issues is already different from how it is now. Within this small time span the changes from cultural already influence the practice of medicine.” And yet even as this is true, we can find a way to have conversations with doctors across the span of time, culture and language.
Listen into this conversation on the yin and yang of diversity and heterogeneity in the practice of Chinese medicine.
Head on over to the show notes page for more information about this episode and for links to the resources discussed in the interview.