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Re: Cross Language with topic maps [was Re: 答复: KB note]

From: Jack Park <jack.park@sri.com>
Date: Wed, 28 May 2008 16:18:32 -0700
Message-ID: <483DE848.2000603@sri.com>
To: wangxiao@musc.edu
CC: public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org, Howard Liu <liuh@member.ams.org>

Xiaoshu Wang wrote:
> Kei Cheung wrote:
>> Hi Eric et al,
>> I'm glad that umls, topic map, ... were mentioned. We have to do more 
>> than literal translation or linguistics. It's semantics!
>> Traditional Chinese medicine embodies rich dialectical thought, such 
>> as that of the holistic connections and the unity of yin and yang. It 
>> deals with many facets of human anatomy and physiology: 臟腑 zang-fu 
>> (organs), 穴 meridians (main and collateral channels), 氣 qi (vital 
>> energy), 血 blood, *靜 *jing (essence of life), body fluid, the inside 
>> and outside of the body, as well as the connections between the whole 
>> and the parts.
>> I wonder if there is a Chinese counterpart of umls that have semantic 
>> correspondence to the English umls. Topic map is also interesting. I 
>> also wonder if there is a direct mapping between topic map and 
>> semantic web (rdf/owl) ....
> Yes, I can understand this.  But Chinese medicine is built upon a 
> complete different conceptual framework.  Of course, there is a need to 
> connect Chinese medicine with Western medicine. But I don't think this a 
> cross-language issue.  I am from China and I know merging the two 
> theories isn't an easy problem - if any possible.
> Xiaoshu

I would love to engage people, perhaps elsewhere besides this list, in a 
thoughtful dialogue about ways in which the federation of Chinese and 
Western medicine might be crafted. Optimist that I am, I believe there 
is a way; passionate about finding solutions to complex medical issues 
as I am, I'm willing to toss a lot of thinking and doing at this 
opportunity. We really do have a lot to learn; a short story: one of my 
personal physicians told me he had several patients for whom Western 
medicine was failing. He took the UCLA acupuncture course and succeeded 
in helping a majority of those patients.


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