Chinese Medicine and Healing

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TJ Hinrichs, Linda L Barnes
Harvard University Press, 2013 - 464 pages
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Chinese Medicine and Healing is a comprehensive introduction to a rich array of Chinese healing practices as they have developed through time and across cultures. Contributions from fifty-eight leading international scholars in such fields as Chinese archaeology, history, anthropology, religion, and medicine make this a collaborative work of uncommon intellectual synergy, and a vital new resource for anyone working in East Asian or world history, in medical history and anthropology, and in biomedicine and complementary healing arts.

This illustrated history explores the emergence and development of a wide range of health interventions, including propitiation of disease-inflicting spirits, divination, vitality-cultivating meditative disciplines, herbal remedies, pulse diagnosis, and acupuncture. The authors investigate processes that contribute to historical change, such as competition between different types of practitioner—shamans, Daoist priests, Buddhist monks, scholar physicians, and even government officials. Accompanying vignettes and illustrations bring to life such diverse arenas of health care as childbirth in the Tang period, Yuan state-established medical schools, fertility control in the Qing, and the search for sexual potency in the People's Republic.

The two final chapters illustrate Chinese healing modalities across the globe and address the challenges they have posed as alternatives to biomedical standards of training and licensure. The discussion includes such far-reaching examples as Chinese treatments for diphtheria in colonial Australia and malaria in Africa, the invention of ear acupuncture by the French and its worldwide dissemination, and the varying applications of acupuncture from Germany to Argentina and Iraq.

 

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Table des matières

Introduction Linda L Barnes and TJ Hinrichs
1
1 The PreHan Period Constance A Cook
5
2 The Han Period Vivienne Lo
31
3 The Period of Division and The Tang Period Fan Kawai
65
4 The Song and Jin Periods TJ Hinrichs
97
5 The Yuan and Ming Periods Angela Ki Che Leung
129
6 The Qing Period YiLi Wu
161
7 The Republic of China Bridie J Andrews
209
8 The Peoples Republic of China Volker Scheid
239
Part One Linda L Barnes
284
Part Two Linda L Barnes
334
Bibliography
381
Acknowledgments
435
Contributors
437
Index
443
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À propos de l'auteur (2013)

TJ Hinrichs is Assistant Professor of History at Cornell University.

Linda L. Barnes is Associate Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine, and Visiting Lecturer in Social Medicine, at Harvard Medical School.

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