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Journal of Integrative Medicine: Volume 15, 2017   Issue 5,  Pages: 344–350

DOI: 10.1016/S2095-4964(17)60357-1
A history of standardization in the English translation of traditional Chinese medicine terminology
1. Xiao Ye (College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zhejiang Chinese Medical University, Hangzhou 310053, China )
2. Hong-xia Zhang (College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zhejiang Chinese Medical University, Hangzhou 310053, China )
ABSTRACT In order to facilitate and propose further international standardization of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) terminology, this article applies methods of historiography, philology and descriptive study to divide the history of TCM into three phases, based on representative experts and social events; to illustrate different aspects of these experts and their translation principles and standards and to discuss associated factors and inherent problems. The authors find that the development of a terminology standard for TCM has generally progressed from early approaches that were ill-suited to the contemporary needs to culturally and professionally referenced approaches, from uncoordinated research to systematic studies, and from individual works to collaborative endeavors. The present international standards of TCM terminology have been attained through the work of numerous scholars and experts in the history of the field. The authors are optimistic that a more comprehensive and recognized standard will come out soon. Keywords: standardization; terminology; English translation; history; medicine, Chinese traditional
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Ye X, Zhang HX. A history of standardization in the English translation of traditional Chinese medicine terminology. J Integr Med. 2017; 15(5): 344–350.
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