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Knowledge and the Scholarly Medical Traditions

Knowledge and the Scholarly Medical Traditions

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  • Author: Don Bates, McGill University, Montréal
Don Bates, G. E. R. Lloyd, Lesley Dean-Jones, Robert James Hankinson, Lawrence I. Conrad, Faith Wallis, Luis García-Ballester, Andrew Wear, Nathan Sivin, Shigehisa Kuriyama, Francesca Bray, Judith Farquhar, Margaret Trawick, Francis Zimmerman, Lawrence Cohen, Amos Funkenstein, Allan Young
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  • Date Published: November 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521499750

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  • However much the three great traditions of medicine - Galenic, Chinese and Ayurvedic - differed from each other, they had one thing in common: scholarship. The foundational knowledge of each could only be acquired by careful study under teachers relying on ancient texts. Such medical knowledge is special, operating as it does in the realm of the most fundamental human experiences - health, disease, suffering, birth and death - and the credibility of healers is of crucial importance. Because of this, scholarly medical knowledge offers a rich field for the study of different cultural practices in the legitimation of knowledge generally. The contributors to this volume are all specialists in the history or anthropology of these traditions, and their essays range from historical investigations to studies of present-day practices.

    • Compares the three great medical traditions: Galenic, Chinese and Ayurvedic
    • Examines different cultural practices in the legitimation of knowledge
    • Offers both historical analyses and studies of present-day practices
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    • Date Published: November 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521499750
    • length: 384 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 150 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.621kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of contributors
    Acknowledgements
    1. Scholarly ways of knowing: an introduction Don Bates
    Part I. Scholarly Medicine in the West:
    2. Epistemological arguments in early Greek medicine in comparativist perspective G. E. R. Lloyd
    3. Autopsia, historia and what women know: the authority of women in Hippocratic gynaecology Lesley Dean-Jones
    4. The growth of medical empiricism Robert James Hankinson
    5. Scholarship and social context: a medical case from the eleventh-century Near East Lawrence I. Conrad
    6. The experience of the book: manuscripts, texts, and the role of epistemology in early medieval medicine Faith Wallis
    7. Artifex factivus sanitatis: health and medical care in medieval Latin Galenism Luis García-Ballester
    8. Epistemology and learned medicine in early modern England Andrew Wear
    Part II. Chinese Traditional Medicine:
    9. Text and experience in classical Chinese medicine Nathan Sivin
    10. Visual knowledge in classical Chinese medicine Shigehisa Kuriyama
    11. A deathly disorder: understanding women's health in late imperial China Francesca Bray
    12. Re-writing traditional medicine in post-Maoist China Judith Farquhar
    Part III. Ayurvedic Medicine:
    13. Writing the body and ruling the land: Western reflections on Chinese and Indian medicine Margaret Trawick
    14. The scholar, the wise man, and universals: three aspects of Ayurvedic medicine Francis Zimmerman
    15. The epistemological carnival: meditations on disciplinary intentionality and Ayurveda Lawrence Cohen
    Part IV. Commentaries:
    16. Commentary Amos Funkenstein
    17. Commentary Allan Young
    Index.

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    Don Bates, McGill University, Montréal

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    Don Bates, G. E. R. Lloyd, Lesley Dean-Jones, Robert James Hankinson, Lawrence I. Conrad, Faith Wallis, Luis García-Ballester, Andrew Wear, Nathan Sivin, Shigehisa Kuriyama, Francesca Bray, Judith Farquhar, Margaret Trawick, Francis Zimmerman, Lawrence Cohen, Amos Funkenstein, Allan Young

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