The gulf between western scientific medicine and traditional systems based on centuries of wise, rigorous observation is vast. From both camps practitioners gaze mistrustfully across the chasm; inhabiting two different worlds. Dan Keown’s new book (The Spark in the Machine) throws a line across the paradigm gap, capturing the imagination as well as the intellect, as it wrestles with the mystery of how organisms self-organise.
Sensing hints of a hopeful future horizon for medicine I asked him to speak about his work and to let JHH publish a sample chapter. Happily he agreed.
David Peters Editor-in-chief, JHH
DP Dan your specialty is emergency medicine. Do you manage to use any acupuncture in your A&E work?