Chinese Medicine and Healing by TJ Hinrichs
An Illustrated History

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Chinese Medicine and Healing is a comprehensive introduction to a rich array of Chinese healing practices as they have developed through time and across cultures. Contributions from fifty-eight leading international scholars in such fields as Chinese archaeology, history, anthropology, religion, and medicine make this a collaborative work of uncommon intellectual synergy, and a vital new resource for anyone working in East Asian or world history, in medical history and anthropology, and in biomedicine and complementary healing arts.

This illustrated history explores the emergence and development of a wide range of health interventions, including propitiation of disease-inflicting spirits, divination, vitality-cultivating meditative disciplines, herbal remedies, pulse diagnosis, and acupuncture. The authors investigate processes that contribute to historical change, such as competition between different types of practitioner—shamans, Daoist priests, Buddhist monks, scholar physicians, and even government officials. Accompanying vignettes and illustrations bring to life such diverse arenas of health care as childbirth in the Tang period, Yuan state-established medical schools, fertility control in the Qing, and the search for sexual potency in the People’s Republic.

The two final chapters illustrate Chinese healing modalities across the globe and address the challenges they have posed as alternatives to biomedical standards of training and licensure. The discussion includes such far-reaching examples as Chinese treatments for diphtheria in colonial Australia and malaria in Africa, the invention of ear acupuncture by the French and its worldwide dissemination, and the varying applications of acupuncture from Germany to Argentina and Iraq.

 

About TJ Hinrichs

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TJ Hinrichs is Associate Professor of History at Cornell University. Andrew Edmund Goble is Associate Professor of History at the University of Oregon. Linda L. Barnes is Director of the Masters Program in Medical Anthropology and Cross-Cultural Practice, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences at Boston University School of Medicine. She holds a joint appointment as Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at BUSM, and in the Division of Religious and Theological Studies at Boston University. Paize Keulemans is Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies at Princeton University.
 
Published January 7, 2013 by Belknap Press. 480 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Travel, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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emperor Qin Shi Huangdi, who helped preserve medical texts and was immortalized by the terra cotta army buried with him, to "deep surgeries" otherwise unheard of in the ancient world, the earliest illustration of acupuncture in 1023, and 16th-century smallpox vaccinations, 200 years earlier than ...

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