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  • Print publication year: 2008
  • Online publication date: May 2012

21 - The Discourses of Practitioners in China

from PART VI - THE DISCOURSES OF PRACTITIONERS ON MEDICAL ETHICS
Summary
This chapter provides an overview of the moral discourses of medical practitioners in China from the Axial Age to the end of twentieth century, with emphasis given to the great diversity of culture and medical morality in China. With regard to the diversity of morality, healing systems and healers, an overview of the moral discourses of medical practitioners in China should address the characteristics, dissimilarities, similarities and commonalities of the moral discourses of different groups of healers who believed in specific moral systems or religions and practiced specific types of therapy. The chapter focuses on traditional China and Confucian physicians and then twentieth-century China and socialist or communist health care providers. Lack of systematic and detailed exploration in contemporary scholarship precludes a presentation of other Chinese medico-moral discourses, such as the moral discourses of itinerant healers, sorcerer-healers, and practitioners from various ethnic minorities.
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The Cambridge World History of Medical Ethics
  • Online ISBN: 9781139195812
  • Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CHOL9780521888790
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