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Pulse Diagnosis in Early Chinese Medicine
The Telling Touch

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  • Date Published: August 2018
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108468633

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  • This is a study of the earliest extensive account of Chinese pulse diagnosis, or more accurately, the examination of mai. Dr Hsu focuses on a biography of Chunyu Yi, a doctor of the early Han, and presents the first complete translation into English of the Memoir in the Historical Records by Sima Qian (d. ca 86 BCE). This Memoir contains biographies of the physician, medical case histories and interviews, and constitutes a document of enormous importance to the history of medicine in China. The analysis covers the first ten medical cases and their rich vocabulary on touch, as used in Chinese pulse diagnosis. The patients treated were mostly nobility of the kingdom of Qi in Eastern China, who suffered from the indulgences of court life and were treated with early forms of decoction, fomentation, fumigation, acupuncture and moxibustion. To date there is no book on early China of its kind.

    • Provides detailed analyses of medical terms used in early Chinese medicine, as applied in pulse diagnosis
    • An entirely innovative project, inspired by critical medical anthropology and the anthropology of the senses
    • Contains as an appendix the first annotated complete English translation of the second part of the 105th chapter of the Historical Records by Sima Qian
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    '… Elisabeth Hsu's original study, and complete translation, of The Memoir of Chunyu Yi is beyond doubt an important contribution to the anthropology of medicine and the anthropology of sensory experience.' Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

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    • Date Published: August 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108468633
    • length: 420 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Framing the Field: Introduction
    The questions
    Diagnosis and medicine in the warring states and early Han
    Conceptions of the body in the warring states and early Han
    Discussion
    Part II. Shi Ji 105.2 - The Memoir of Chunyu Yi: Outline of the memoir
    Text structure semantics
    Part III. Translation and Interpretation of Cases 1-10 in the Memoir of Chunyu Yi: Case 1
    Case 2
    Case 3
    Case 4
    Case 5
    Case 6
    Case 7
    Case 8
    Case 9
    Case 10
    Discussion
    Part IV. Appendices.

  • Author

    Elisabeth Hsu, University of Oxford
    Elisabeth Hsu is Reader in Social Anthropology and Fellow of Green College, and convenor of the M.Sc. and M.Phil. in Medical Anthropology at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford. Previous publications include The Transmission of Chinese Medicine (Cambridge, 1999) and Innovation in Chinese Medicine (Cambridge, 2001).

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