• The Spark in the Machine

  • How the Science of Acupuncture Explains the Mysteries of Western Medicine
  • By: Daniel Keown
  • Narrated by: Gavin Osborn
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (130 ratings)

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By: Daniel Keown
Narrated by: Gavin Osborn
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Why can salamanders grow new legs, and young children grow new fingertips, but adult humans can't regenerate? What is the electricity that flows through the human body? Is it the same thing that the Chinese call Qi? If so, what does Chinese medicine know that Western medicine ignores? 

Dan Keown's highly accessible, witty, and original book shows how Western medicine validates the theories of Chinese medicine and how Chinese medicine explains the mysteries of the body that Western medicine largely ignores. He explains the generative force of embryology, how the hearts of two people in love (or in scientific terms 'quantum entanglement') truly beat as one, how a cheating heart is also an ill heart (which is why men are twice as likely to die of a sudden heart attack with their mistresses than with their wives), how neural crest cells determine our lifespan, and why Proust's madeleines evoked the memories they did.

The book shows how the theories of Western and Chinese medicine support each other and how the integrated theory enlarges our understanding of how bodies work on every level. Full of good stories and surprising details, Dan Keown's book is essential listening for anyone who has ever wanted to know how the body really works.

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©2014 Daniel Keown (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Brilliant merging of fields and beautifully written!

I can’t say enough about this book. I’ve been looking for a book that would help me understand acupuncture from my Western view , and was so grateful to have found this. I believe his and Dr Shang’s theory is worthy of a Nobel prize!! Plus it was an absolutely delightful read! It’s the only book I’ve ever read twice in a row, and I bought the hard copy to better study the material. The performance by Gavin Osborn also added a new level of professionalism, and yet perfectly timed humor. I’m officially a huge fan and will be buying Dr Keown’s other book ! Thank you Dr Keown for your brilliant insights, your teaching skills, your fun drawings, your sense of humor, and your depth of wisdom! Bravo bravo ! Please keep writing and teaching!

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must read for anyone curious about acupuncture

I would love a sequel with more current reasearch someday. but this is a must for anyone wanting to learn about TCM and Acupuncture from a reductionist or out to disprove it source. Fantastic. This should be a required reading for western med students in integrative medicine.

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So good!!!

I don’t know why Acupuncture schools don’t teach this book, I’m going to listen to it again I love it!

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Excellent

This is a very necessary book. It explains things that have been ignored by western medicine! Loved the entire thing.

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Looking for the perfect collision

I’ve been sick for over a year post receiving the Covid vaccine. I have tried everything to get better. I even had to take a medical leave of absence from medical school . Recently I tried acupuncture, and even with much skepticism, I was willing to try anything. I tried everything. I was trying cryotherapy, massage therapy, sun therapy, hiking, hot tubs, meditating, earthing, prayers to God, spirituality with stones, chiropractor, regular doctors. And nothing helped for more than a day. And then I tried acupuncture with cupping. Not only did k get to bring down my medication dose but I feel like me again. And I had to know why….. why? Why does this work? And trying to understand Chinese language seemed like there was this impossible language barrier to get through. But there wasn’t. Granted, my background as a medical student helped me understand the depths of this book, but it also gave me comfort to find the languages be brought together. Thank you for writing this book. Thank you for being that person to help break it down and merge languages together. This book was everything to me.

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  • 09-24-21

Needs whisper-sync to Kindle version

A great read. Too bad whisper-sync is not available. A highly enjoyable introduction to acupuncture and its relationship to Western medecine. I look forward to listening to it again.

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My favorite book

I love this book. It is incredibly informative, useful and funny. So glad to finally have it on Audible as well!

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Amazing book!

This has been my favorite listen in a long time. So brilliantly explained, with humor as well. Amazing connections between embryology and the meridians. I will definitely listen to it more than once.

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loved it!

I am an acupuncturist and I so enjoyed learning about embryology and how TCM weaves in.

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Best Acupuncture Book I've ever read!

I wish it had been the first... it would be a great introduction to Chinese medicine for any Westerner attempting to learn the intricacies of acupuncture

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  • Daren Knight
  • 04-12-20

Excellent

As a manual therapist of ancient Japanese tradition (Amatsu), I found this book fascinatingly educating. Really well read and full of in depth expert content. This book will certainly be of use to anyone with an interest in fascia and acupuncture.

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  • JIA WANG
  • 10-22-19

Intelligent and fun reading !

In-depth Chinese Medicine is explained in a fun and yet intelligent way. It is full of knowledgable comparisons and correspondence with Western Medicine.

Thank you , Dr. I will trust any Western Doctor with respect as well as knowledge of Chinese Medicine.

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  • stephen white
  • 11-26-21

Brilliant!

This book has been well written, and is very interesting, full of great information and has inspired me to learn more.

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  • Alethea S.
  • 10-09-21

A truly enlightening read

I thoroughly enjoyed this book on many levels. This has impacted me professionally and personally

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  • Chris Chippendale
  • 06-29-21

Excellent material and concepts, but could use an editor

The whole concept of this book is fascinating, and should be much more widely read by western healthcare practitioners. Dr Keown’s synthesis of eastern and western medicinal theories is groundbreaking and badly needed. He explains Chinese concepts such as “Qi”, “dampness”, and “excessive Liver Yin” in scientific terms that anyone trained in a western model will be able to grasp. He acknowledges points where he is making a leap or reading between the lines of established knowledge, but still manages to make the whole model coherent and practical.

My main complaint would be that it could use an editor - at times he repeats himself, and some topics could have been covered more succinctly. However I found this less noticeable than colleagues of mine who read the book - the narration is excellent and complements the conversational informal tone of his writing. In fairness the narrator does mispronounce medical terms, and uses a somewhat jarring and unnecessary Italian accent when reading them. However the rest of the performance is excellent and more than makes up for this

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  • Salvus Cole
  • 04-07-20

Fascia of TCM and Western medicine interlace

A well written work giving credence to subtle fields and pathways which Western "science" all-too-often dismisses to the realms of witchcraft or quackery. Thank you

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  • Tim
  • 02-04-20

the spark machine

an excellent listen. I found this audible book so enlightening as I am studying acupressure. hou everything comes together. brilliant.

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  • Miss Katharine A Sewell
  • 08-05-19

A brilliant, enlightening book

I am not great at absorbing anything vaguely scientific but this was so incredibly accessible and utterly fascinating, I would recommend to anyone with any interest in TCM.

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  • 12-04-21

Riveting

I loved this book! As a health professional with an open, yet sometimes sceptical mind, this book was balanced, considerate and a wealth of knowledge.
It has inspired my learning and clinical practise

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-18-21

good listen

awesome Chinese medicine related book, great narrative, great stories. This should be a must read, integrates western medicine

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  • David
  • 04-03-21

Read and Listen

Loved reading the book 6 years ago and the audiobook seemed like I was listening to new material. So much information in this book!