Korean J Med Hist.  1999 Dec;8(2):269-277.

Possibility in Unification of Oriental and Western Medicine Education by Combination of Educational Curricula

  • 1Kyungpook National University School of Medicine, Korea.
  • 2Dongguk University College of Medicine, Korea.
  • 3Kyung San University College of Oriental Medicine, Korea.
  • 4Kyungpook National University School of Dentistry, Korea.


The authors attempted a pdssibility of unifcation in the educational curricula of both Oriental and Western medical schools for the unification of two medicines . Historically the two medicines were originated from the most primitive state like intinctive method and we can say two medicines were entirely same. However after abrupt and current development of science in 19 century by discovery of microscope and bacteria as well as cells changed medicine into recent unbelievable current medicine from old ancient style medicine like Chinese Medicine which was just the remnant old medicine. The unification of educational curricular is thought to be possible to combine each other by technical adjustment from mutual understanding and cooperations for the most high quality of people's lives. There were good equality to partial corrrespondances between two educational curricular around 90 % at two pre- and schools from the study to analyse. The combined medicine is thought to be more efficient to the diagnosis and treatment of patients because of the effectiveness of Oriental medicine in a certain disease conditions like chronic illness by acupuncture as a alternative medicine or herbs.


Western and Oriental medicine; Chinese or alternative medicine; Herbs

MeSH Terms

Education, Medical/*history
English Abstract
History of Medicine, 19th Cent.
History of Medicine, 20th Cent.
Medicine, Oriental Traditional/*history
Western World/*history
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