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- List of Contributors
- Medicine and Health in the Graeco-Roman World
- Medieval Medicine
- Early Modern Medicine
- Health and Medicine in the Enlightenment
- Medicine and Modernity
- Contemporary History of Medicine and Health
- Global and Local Histories of Medicine: Interpretative Challenges and Future Possibilities
- Chinese Medicine
- Medicine in Islam and Islamic Medicine
- Medicine in Western Europe
- History of Medicine in Eastern Europe, Including Russia
- Science and Medicine in the United States of America
- Public Health and Medicine in Latin America
- History of Medicine in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Medicine and Colonialism in South Asia since 1500
- History of Medicine in Australia and New Zealand
- Childhood and Adolescence
- Medicine and Old Age
- Historical Demography and Epidemiology: The Meta-Narrative Challenge
- Chronic Illness and Disease History
- Public Health
- The Political Economy of Health Care in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
- Health, Work, and Environment: A Hippocratic Turn in Medical History
- History of Science and Medicine
- Women, Health, and Medicine
- Health and Sexuality
- Medicine and the Mind
- Medical Ethics and the Law
- Medicine and Species: One Medicine, One History?
- Histories of Heterodoxy
- Oral Testimony and the History of Medicine
- Medical Film and Television: An Alternative Path to the Cultures of Biomedicine
Abstract and Keywords
This article leans towards practice-orientated accounts. The historical enterprise dignifies itself with the idea that it is possible to share something of the sensory and perceptive style of the originators of early Chinese healing practices to deepen our appreciation of their textual legacies. Indeed the ethnic and cultural boundaries of China itself are contested. This article discusses some observations about how the sensory modalities of Chinese medical thought speak powerfully to a modern global audience who frequently feel their own individual experience of health and sickness devalued in the processes of modern standardized medicine. With these methodological tools at our disposal, the door also opens into a rich inter regional cultural and material history, and a narrative not only concerned with internal ‘Chinese’ genealogical developments but also ready to tackle the transitions, transformations, and transmissions that happen to medical knowledge as it is exchanged between different peoples across physical domains as well as down through generations of healers.
Vivienne Lo is Convenor of the UCL China Centre for Health and Humanity. She is a practitioner of Chinese medicine and martial arts and has published widely on ancient and medieval Chinese healing practices. She is the editor, with Chrisopher Cullen, of Mediaeval Chinese Medicine (2005) and, with Geoffrey Samuel, of the Journal Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity (2005–2011). Potent Flavours, Food and Medicine in China and Sports, Medicine and Immortality are due to be published in 2012.
Michael Stanley-Baker is currently a Chiang Ching-Kuo doctoral fellow at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL. He is finishing his PhD dissertation Daoists as Doctors: The Role of Medicine in Six Dynasties Shangqing Daoism, scheduled for submission in the autumn of 2011. He has pursued research at the Needham Research Institute, Cambridge, and the Institute for History and Philology, Taipei, and his MA is from Indiana University, Bloomington, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. He currently serves as treasurer of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine (IASTAM). He has published on Daoist medicine and Buddhist drug recipes, and his next project will be an edited volume on religion and technology in medieval China. He also does ethnographic work in Mainland China and on Taiwan, and is a certified practitioner (DiplAC) of Chinese medicine.
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