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Innovation in Chinese Medicine

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Elisabeth Hsu, Vivienne Lo, Donald Harper, Catherine Despeux, Ute Engelhardt, Frederic Obringer, Georges Metailie, Marta Hanson, Christopher Cullen, Bridie J. Andrews, Kim Taylor, Volker Scheid
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  • Date Published: February 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521182591

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  • In a series of pioneering case studies, twelve contributors from a range of disciplines and countries, explore the history of Chinese medicine and the transformations that have taken place from the fourth century BC to the present day. Topics of discussion include diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, pharmacotherapy, the creation of new genres of medical writing and schools of doctrine.

    • Approach to the history of Chinese medicine, exploring developments and transformations of traditional medicines
    • Contributors from around the world offer pioneering case-studies from a range of disciplines
    • Interdisciplinary approach, a hallmark of the field, will ensure readership from scholars and practitioners
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    "...this volume is comprehensive both in scope and in time frame, covering many important areas in the history of Chinese medicine. ...a useful tool for all students of the history of Chinese science and medicine." ISIS

    "Handsomely edited, this volume presents a rich selection of papers on the history of Chinese medicine and a useful view of the status of current scholarship in the field." Bulletin of the History of Medicine

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    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521182591
    • length: 444 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.79kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Elisabeth Hsu
    Part I. Mai and Qi in the Western Han:
    1. The influence of nurturing life culture on the development of Acumoxa therapy Vivienne Low
    2. Pulse diagnostics in the western Han: how mai and qi determine bing Elisabeth Hsu
    Part II. Correlative Cosmologies:
    3. Iatromancy, diagnosis, and prognosis in early Chinese medicine Donald Harper
    4. The system of the five circulatory phases and the six seasonal influences, a source of innovation in medicine under the Song (960–1279) Catherine Despeux
    Part III. Dietetics and Pharmacotherapy:
    5. Dietetics in Tang China: beginnings of a specialised materia dietetica Ute Engelhardt
    6. A Song innovation in pharmacotherapy: some remarks on 'white arsenic' and 'flowers of arsenic' Frederic Obringer
    7. The Bencao gangmu (classified materia medica) of Li Shizhen - an innovation for natural history? Georges Metailie and Elisabeth Hsu
    8. Robust northerners and delicate southerners: the nineteenth-century invention of a southern medical tradition Marta Hanson
    Part V. Rise of the Genre of Medical Case Statements:
    9. Yi'an (case statements) - the origins of a genre of Chinese medical literature Christopher Cullen
    10. From case-records to case-histories: the modernisation of a Chinese medical genre, 1912–49 Bridie J. Andrews
    Part VI. Medical Rationale in the People's Republic:
    11 A new, scientific and unified medicine: civil war in China and the new Acumoxa, 1945–9 Kim Taylor
    12. Shaping Chinese medicine: two case studies from contemporary China Volker Scheid.

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    Elisabeth Hsu

    Contributors

    Elisabeth Hsu, Vivienne Lo, Donald Harper, Catherine Despeux, Ute Engelhardt, Frederic Obringer, Georges Metailie, Marta Hanson, Christopher Cullen, Bridie J. Andrews, Kim Taylor, Volker Scheid

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