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The Politics of Chinese Medicine Under Mongol Rule

The Politics of Chinese Medicine Under Mongol Rule

1st Edition

Reiko Shinno
May 25, 2017

Under the rule of the descendants of Chinggis Khan (1167-1227), China saw the development of a new culture in which medical practice came to be considered a highly respected occupation for elite men. During this period, further major steps were also taken towards the codification of medical...

Reviving Ancient Chinese Mathematics: Mathematics, History and Politics in the Work of Wu Wen-Tsun

Reviving Ancient Chinese Mathematics: Mathematics, History and Politics in the Work of Wu Wen-Tsun

1st Edition

Jiri Hudecek
May 24, 2017

Twentieth-century China has been caught between a desire to increase its wealth and power in line with other advanced nations, which, by implication, means copying their institutions, practices and values, whilst simultaneously seeking to preserve China’s independence and historically formed...

Rice, Agriculture, and the Food Supply in Premodern Japan

Rice, Agriculture, and the Food Supply in Premodern Japan

1st Edition

Charlotte von Verschuer, Wendy Cobcroft
May 24, 2017

The majority of studies on the agricultural history of Japan have focused on the public administration of land and production, and rice, the principal source of revenue, has received the most attention. However, while this cereal has clearly played a decisive role in the public economy of the...

A Chinese Physician: Wang Ji and the Stone Mountain Medical Case Histories

A Chinese Physician: Wang Ji and the Stone Mountain Medical Case Histories

1st Edition

Joanna Grant
September 12, 2014

A Chinese Physician is the portrait of a 16th century medical writer and clinical practitioner. Drawing on socio-economic/biographic, textual, and gender analysis along side a variety of sources, from hagiographical biographies to medical case histories, the book tells three very different but...

Chinese Mathematical Astrology: Reaching Out to the Stars

Chinese Mathematical Astrology: Reaching Out to the Stars

1st Edition

Ho Peng Yoke
October 25, 2013

Though there are a number of well-written works on Chinese divination, there are none that deal with the three sophisticated devices that were employed by the Chinese Astronomical Bureau in the eleventh century and for hundreds of years thereafter. Chinese experts applied the methods associated...

Speaking of Epidemics in Chinese Medicine: Disease and the Geographic Imagination in Late Imperial China

Speaking of Epidemics in Chinese Medicine: Disease and the Geographic Imagination in Late Imperial China

1st Edition

Marta Hanson
January 29, 2013

This book traces the history of the Chinese concept of "Warm diseases" (wenbing) from antiquity to the SARS epidemic. Following wenbing from its birth to maturity and even life in modern times Marta Hanson approaches the history of Chinese medicine from a new angle. She explores the possibility of...

Chinese Medicine in Early Communist China, 1945-1963: A Medicine of Revolution

Chinese Medicine in Early Communist China, 1945-1963: A Medicine of Revolution

1st Edition

Kim Taylor
November 29, 2011

Using original sources, this significant text looks at the transformation of Chinese medicine from a marginal, side-lined medical practice of the early twentieth century, to an essential and high-profile part of the national health-care system under the Chinese Communist Party. The political,...

Explorations in Daoism: Medicine and Alchemy in Literature

Explorations in Daoism: Medicine and Alchemy in Literature

1st Edition

Ho Peng Yoke
July 11, 2011

The Daoist canon is the definitive fifteenth century compilation of texts concerning ritual, alchemical and meditation practices within Daoist religion. Many of these texts are undated and anonymous, so dating them is essential for a clear understanding of the development of Chinese alchemy, and...

The Evolution of Chinese Medicine: Song Dynasty, 960–1200

The Evolution of Chinese Medicine: Song Dynasty, 960–1200

1st Edition

Asaf Goldschmidt
July 07, 2011

The history of Chinese medicine hinges on three major turning points: the formation of canonical theory in the Han dynasty; the transformation of medicine via the integration of earlier medical theories and practices in the Song dynasty; and the impact of Western medicine from the nineteenth...

Tibetan Medicine in the Contemporary World: Global Politics of Medical Knowledge and Practice

Tibetan Medicine in the Contemporary World: Global Politics of Medical Knowledge and Practice

1st Edition

Laurent Pordié
April 15, 2011

The popularity of Tibetan medicine plays a central role in the international market for alternative medicine and has been increasing and extending far beyond its original cultural area becoming a global phenomenon. This book analyses Tibetan medicine in the 21st century by considering the...

Medieval Chinese Medicine: The Dunhuang Medical Manuscripts

Medieval Chinese Medicine: The Dunhuang Medical Manuscripts

1st Edition

Christopher Cullen, Vivienne Lo
April 06, 2005

In recent decades various versions of Chinese medicine have begun to be widely practised in Western countries, and the academic study of the subject is now well established. However, there are still few scholarly monographs that describe the history of Chinese medicine and there are none at all on...

Celestial Lancets: A History and Rationale of Acupuncture and Moxa

Celestial Lancets: A History and Rationale of Acupuncture and Moxa

1st Edition

Gwei-Djen Lu, Joseph Needham
July 04, 2002

Using modern knowledge to shed light on ancient techniques, this text examines two of the earliest therapeutic techniques of Chinese medicine: acupuncture and moxibustion. Acupuncture is the implantation of very thin needles into subcutaneous connective tissue and muscle at a great number of...

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