Research: LEUNG and co-workers,

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Abstract

LEUNG and co-workers, Hong Kong Baptist University Library, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong, have studied the publishing trends in Chinese medicine.

Background

Chinese medicine has been the subject of increasing interest in the past 30 years, both as a discipline and in the larger context of alternative medicine. The aim of this study was to gain an overview of how Chinese medicine has been interpreted and presented to the world outside China and to identify emerging trends.

Methodology

Analysis of the publishing trends of Chinese medicine in all languages except Chinese, ranging from books and serials to audio-visual and electronic resources found in WorldCat, the world’s largest bibliographic database.

Results

The findings showed a flourishing growth of publications in Chinese medicine and related subjects beginning in the 1970s with greater coverage on acupuncture. The materials in English language constitute the major portion of total output.

Conclusion

Chinese medicine has steadily gained recognition in the world. The translation of original works and analysis of journal literature and conference proceedings on Chinese medicine merit further study.

References

Leung S, Chan K, Song L. Publishing trends in Chinese medicine and related subjects documented in WorldCat. Health Information & Libraries Journal 23 (1): 13-22, Mar 2006.

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