Lingering Pathogens By Will Maclean

Sat 26 Sep 2009

A Clinical Approach to the Treatment of Chronic & Peristent Infection

Will McLean

Date: 19 - 20 September Sydney
Date: 26 - 27 September Melbourne

Will Maclean has been in full time practice since 1987 and is the author, along with Jane Lyttleton, of the Clinical Handbook of Internal Medicine series (with Volume 3 to be available in Mid 2009), and the Clinical Manual of Chinese Herbal Patent Medicines. He has taught seminars in Australia and New Zealand, the US, UK and South Africa. His main clinical interests are in disorders of the immune and gastrointestinal systems, and in the critical assessment of the classics based on the practical realities of modern clinical practice.

Lingering pathogens are a common and often unrecognised cause of a wide range of sometimes baffling and protracted disorders. These disorders are characterised by persistent illness or morbidity subsequent to an acute infectious process that was unresolved, poorly managed or occurred in an individual without the resources to throw it off. Lingering pathogens are quite common in clinical practice, and their manifestations range from the mild – persistent cough, sleeplessness, fevers and so on, in the aftermath of a cold or flu – to the severe in which a pathogen may last for months or years. Examples include chronic fatigue syndrome, fevers of unknown origin and the complications of vaccination. In addition, lingering pathogens can be found in some varieties of less obvious illness such as autoimmune, endocrine and allergic conditions (Hashimoto's thyroiditis and Graves disease, Lupus, Bechet's syndrome, chronic catarrh, eczema etc.).

With the advent of new medicines and protective therapies, the incidence of what we can describe as lingering pathogens seems to be increasing. Chinese medicine has perhaps the best and most rational model for understanding these problems, and when correctly utilised the results are swift and reliable. Herbs are the dominant therapeutic medium, but acupuncture has a lot to offer as well. Regardless of the modality used for treatment, all practitioners should be familiar with the model, and know how to identify a lingering pathogen and what to do to get rid of it.

We will start with a look at the history and analytical models and their development over the centuries (including the Shang Han Lun, Wen Bing, concepts of gu syndrome and so on) and the techniques developed for treatment, then progress to a close look at aetiology and common clinical patterns and their management. Case histories will be used to illustrate treatment strategy. The last part of the day will be spent examining some of the more exotic and extreme examples of the genre. The aim is to be as practical as possible, with the majority of the day drawn from the clinical experience of the instructor.

What you will get from this course:
A new synthesis of old and effective ideas combined with many years of clinical experience to produce a more user friendly model for the analysis of lingering pathogens.

The course will present in detail a clear methodology for understanding the aetiology, nature and location of a lingering pathogen, and clear and concise strategy for dealing with them, based on real clinical experience gathered over 20 years of practice. Suitable for all practitioners of Chinese medicine regardless of primary therapeutic modality.

Early Bird Special:
Full: $335
AACMA/ANTA member: $325
Student (3rd year and above): $260

Regular Fee:
Full: $395
AACMA/ANTA member: $375
Student (3rd year and above): $280

Early bird conditions: Deposits accepted. Full payment required 4 weeks prior to seminar.

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