"These two volumes teach the language of contemporary Chinese technicalliterature. The subject matter is Chinese medicine, making these texts idealfor those who wish to learn Chinese from real-world sources. All 128 of thetexts chosen are excerpted from the introduction to Chinese medicine writtenby Qin Bowei, one of the founders of TCM and a medical writer known for hisclear, precise and detailed clinical expression. The work is thus a superbsupplement for students of Chinese and an effective course of study forclinicians or scholars who wish to read Chinese technical periodicals, papersand texts.
The first volume teaches vocabulary. Each text is an exercise; readerstransliterate, then translate a passage based on the simplified charactervocabulary provided with each passage and its preceding passages. Acompleted transliteration in Pinyin and a finished English translationaccompany the Chinese. The subject matter provides an exposure toauthentic contemporary discussions of the fundamental principles of Chinesemedicine.
The second volume teaches analysis of Chinese texts through the principlesof Natural Language Development. By showing how to identify the basicstatement in a sentence and the adjunct statements that complete itsmeaning, just as children learn to read their native language, the reader isgiven access to Chinese texts as quickly as is possible. When the course iscompleted, users are working with typical modern Chinese medical sources."