Leon I. Hammer, M.D., a graduate of Cornell University Medical College, practiced psychiatry and psychoanalysis until 1971, when he began to study Chinese medicine. He studied in England with J.D. Van Buren during 1971-1974, and traveled to study in China in 1981. Dr. Hammer apprenticed with the internationally renowned Chinese master Dr. John HF Shen in New York City over a period of 27 years.
Now 87, Dr. Hammer has practiced Chinese medicine since 1973, and he founded the Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine in Gainesville, Florida in 2001. He is the author of Dragon Rises, Red Bird Flies, a study of the relationship of Chinese medicine and Western Psychology, Chinese Pulse Diagnosis, A Contemporary Approach, and The Patient-Practitioner Relationship in Acupuncture.
In 2009, he published an article in The American Acupuncturist “to alert the Chinese medical profession and practitioners” to signs of radiation exposure from wireless technology that are becoming increasingly widespread—signs that Chinese medicine practitioners previously found only in people who, for example, had undergone radiation treatment for cancer.
Dr. Hammer’s article is titled “The Pulse, The Electronic Age and Radiation: Early Detection.”