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Considerations in the Translation of Chinese Medicine

"Considerations in the Translation of Chinese Medicine,” is a new text written by Sonya Pritzker, PhD, LAc, Ka-Kit Hui, MD, FACP, and Hanmo Zhang, PhD, in collaboration with the late Dr. Michael Heim, for students, educators, practitioners, researchers, publishers and translators of Chinese medicine.

TCM“Considerations in the Translation of Chinese Medicine,” is a new text written by Sonya Pritzker, PhD, LAc, Ka-Kit Hui, MD, FACP, and Hanmo Zhang, PhD, in collaboration with the late Dr. Michael Heim, for students, educators, practitioners, researchers, publishers and translators of Chinese medicine. The document, inspired in large part by the American Council of Learned Societies’ Guidelines for the Translation of Social Science texts, addresses both producers and consumers of translated texts in clinical Chinese medicine. This text aims to raise awareness among the many stakeholders involved with the translation of Chinese medicine, including students, practitioners, researchers, publishers, editors, and translators. The document also hopes to promote communication in the field as a whole, and play a role in the development of more high-quality translations in clinical Chinese medicine.

The document includes several sections describing why certain considerations are necessary, the specificity of texts in Chinese medicine, the history of translation in Chinese medicine, who is an ideal translator of Chinese medicine, and specific issues in the translation of Chinese medicine, such as domestication versus foreignization, technical terminology, period-specific language, and style.  The final section concludes with a call to further discussion and action, specifically in the development of international collaborative efforts towards the creation of more rigorous guidelines for the translation of Chinese medicine.

 

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