Needles Herbs Gods and Ghosts

Author: Linda L. BARNES
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674020542
Release Date: 2009-06-30
Genre: History

When did the West discover Chinese healing traditions? Most people might point to the "rediscovery" of Chinese acupuncture in the 1970s. In Needles, Herbs, Gods, and Ghosts, Linda Barnes leads us back, instead, to the thirteenth century to uncover the story of the West's earliest known encounters with Chinese understandings of illness and healing. A medical anthropologist with a degree in comparative religion, Barnes illuminates the way constructions of medicine, religion, race, and the body informed Westerners' understanding of the Chinese and their healing traditions.

The Yellow Emperor s Classic of Internal Medicine

Author: Linda L. Barnes
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520288263
Release Date: 2015-12-15
Genre: Health & Fitness

The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine has become a landmark in the history of Chinese civilization. Written in the form of a dialogue in which the emperor seeks information from his minister Ch’I-Po on questions of health and the art of healing, it is the oldest known document in Chinese medicine. Ilza Veith’s extensive introduction and monumental translation, first published in 1949, make available the historical and philosophical foundations of traditional practices that have seen a dynamic revival in China and throughout the West. A new foreword by Linda L. Barnes places the translation in its historic contexts, underlining its significance to the Western world’s understanding of Chinese medical practice.

The Pacific Journal of Louis Antoine de Bougainville 1767 1768

Author: comte Louis-Antoine de Bougainville
Publisher:
ISBN: UTEXAS:059173003700740
Release Date: 2002
Genre: History

This is the first English translation of the journal of Louis-Antoine de Bougainville. Although he published an account of his voyage in 1771, and despite wide interest and controversy in Europe following reports of his reception in Tahiti and life on the island, the journal itself was not published until 1977. The Pacific Journal of Louis-Antoine de Bougainville follows his progress across the Pacific and northwards via the Solomon Islands and New Guinea, endeavouring to complete the inadequate charts of the time and leaving his name to a number of features, the best known of which is Bougainville Island. The Pacific Journal is published with extensive editorial notes and a full explanatory introduction. Also included are journals of other participants in the expedition.

Other Worldly

Author: Mei Zhan
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822392132
Release Date: 2009-10-19
Genre: Social Science

Traditional Chinese medicine is often portrayed as an enduring system of therapeutic knowledge that has become globalized in recent decades. In Other-Worldly, Mei Zhan argues that the discourses and practices called “traditional Chinese medicine” are made through, rather than prior to, translocal encounters and entanglements. Zhan spent a decade following practitioners, teachers, and advocates of Chinese medicine through clinics, hospitals, schools, and grassroots organizations in Shanghai and the San Francisco Bay Area. Drawing on that ethnographic research, she demonstrates that the everyday practice of Chinese medicine is about much more than writing herbal prescriptions and inserting acupuncture needles. “Traditional Chinese medicine” is also made and remade through efforts to create a preventive medicine for the “proletariat world,” reinvent it for cosmopolitan middle-class aspirations, produce clinical “miracles,” translate knowledge and authority, and negotiate marketing strategies and medical ethics. Whether discussing the presentation of Chinese medicine at a health fair sponsored by a Silicon Valley corporation, or how the inclusion of a traditional Chinese medicine clinic authenticates the “California” appeal of an upscale residential neighborhood in Shanghai, Zhan emphasizes that unexpected encounters and interactions are not anomalies in the structure of Chinese medicine. Instead, they are constitutive of its irreducibly complex and open-ended worlds. Zhan proposes an ethnography of “worlding” as an analytic for engaging and illuminating emergent cultural processes such as those she describes. Rather than taking “cultural difference” as the starting point for anthropological inquiries, this analytic reveals how various terms of difference—for example, “traditional,” “Chinese,” and “medicine”—are invented, negotiated, and deployed translocally. Other-Worldly is a theoretically innovative and ethnographically rich account of the worlding of Chinese medicine.

Other Worldly

Author: Mei Zhan
Publisher: Duke Univ Pr
ISBN: STANFORD:36105133011119
Release Date: 2009-01
Genre: Medical

Traditional Chinese medicine is often portrayed as an enduring system of therapeutic knowledge that has become globalized in recent decades. InOther-Worldly, Mei Zhan argues that the discourses and practices called _traditional Chinese medicine_ are made through, rather than prior to, translocal encounters and entanglements. Zhan spent a decade following practitioners, teachers, and advocates of Chinese medicine through clinics, hospitals, schools, and grassroots organizations in Shanghai and The San Francisco Bay Area. Drawing on that ethnographic research, she demonstrates that the everyday practice of Chinese medicine is about much more than writing herbal prescriptions and inserting acupuncture needles. _Traditional Chinese medicine_ is also made and remade through efforts to create a preventive medicine for The _proletariat world,_ reinvent it for cosmopolitan middle-class aspirations, produce clinical _miracles,_ translate knowledge and authority, and negotiate marketing strategies and medical ethics. Whether discussing the presentation of Chinese medicine at a health fair sponsored by a Silicon Valley corporation, or how the inclusion of a traditional Chinese medicine clinic authenticates the _California_ appeal of an upscale residential neighbourhood in Shanghai, Zhan emphasizes that unexpected encounters and interactions are not anomalies in the structure of Chinese medicine. Instead, they are constitutive of its irreducibly complex and open-ended worlds. Zhan proposes an ethnography of _worlding_ as an analytic for engaging and illuminating emergent cultural processes such as those she describes. Rather than taking _cultural difference_ as the starting point for anthropological inquiries, this analytic emphasizes how various terms of difference_for example, _traditional,_ _Chinese,_ and _medicine__ are invented, negotiated, and deployed translocally.Other-Worldlyis a theoretically innovative and ethnographically rich account of the worlding of Chinese medicine.

Modern China

Author: Jonathan Fenby
Publisher: Ecco
ISBN: UCSC:32106019940714
Release Date: 2008-06-24
Genre: History

No country on earth has suffered a more bitter history in modern times than China. In the second half of the nineteenth century, it was viewed as doomed to extinction. Its imperial rulers, heading an anachronistic regime, were brought low by enormous revolts, shifting social power patterns, republican revolutionaries, Western incursions to "split the Chinese melon" and a disastrous defeat by Japan. The presence of predatory foreigners has often been blamed for China's troubles, but the much greater cause came from within China itself. In the early twentieth century, the empire was succeeded by warlordism on a massive scale, internal divisions, incompetent rule, savage fighting between the government and the Communists, and a fourteen-year invasion from Japan. Four years of civil war after 1945 led to the Maoist era, with its purges and repression; the disastrous Great Leap Forward; a famine that killed tens of millions; and the Cultural Revolution. Yet from this long trauma, China has emerged amazingly in the last three decades as an economic powerhouse set to play a major global political role, its future posing one of the great questions for the twenty-first century as it grapples with enormous internal challenges. Understanding how that transformation came about and what China constitutes today means understanding its epic journey since 1850 and recognizing how the past influences the present. Jonathan Fenby tells this turbulent story with brilliance and insight, spanning a unique historical panorama, with an extraordinary cast of characters and a succession of huge events. As Confucius said, To see the future, one must grasp the past.

Advice to a Young Physician

Author: Sir John Floyer
Publisher:
ISBN: CHI:76381029
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Medicine

'Advice to a Young Physician'offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of post Restoration and early eighteenth-century medicine. For the first time, a document prepared by the Lichfield physician, Sir John Floyer for his grandson has been retrieved from the Library of The Queen's College Oxford. Transcribed, and edited, it is now published in this attractive and accessible form. The document itself is prefaced by a very informative introduction and illustrated by a great range of well-chosen and reproduced images. Floyer was in residence at Oxford during the great burst of scientific activity that followed the Restoration, and had links with Boyle and Robert Hooke, among other pioneers of modern science. In Floyer's thinking, as demonstrated in this book, we see a contest or mingling between archaic ideas (such as the more or less medieval notion that appropriate medicines reveal themselves by their tastes) and pioneering and modern conceptions. Floyer remarks, for instance, that England lacks hospital training for doctors and recommends that his grandson go abroad to gain first-hand clinical experience. He was one of the first to tabulate medical results and - most famously - to pioneer the taking of the pulse. The book contains three central chapters in which Floyer offers remarks on what we would now call the ethics of medical practice. These are illuminating and would still, in many instances hold good today

From orientalism to postcolonialism

Author: Sucheta Mazumdar
Publisher: Taylor & Francis US
ISBN: 0415547407
Release Date: 2009-09-09
Genre: Business & Economics

An intervention in one of the most fundamental debates confronting the social science and humanities, namely how to understand global and local historical processes as interconnected developments affecting human actors.

Chinese Medicine and Healing

Author: TJ Hinrichs
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674047372
Release Date: 2013
Genre: History

This illustrated history is a comprehensive introduction to Chinese healing practices across time and cultures. Global contributions from 58 scholars in archaeology, history, anthropology, religion, and medicine make this a vital resource for those working in East Asian or world history, medical history, anthropology, biomedicine, and healing arts.

Can You Hear the Clapping of One Hand

Author: Ilza Veith
Publisher: Jason Aronson
ISBN: CORNELL:31924071887750
Release Date: 1988
Genre: Health & Fitness

The facts are only the beginning of the story. This book is really about the burden of being handicapped, the anger and frustration and overwhelming grief at the loss of an earlier self that can never return. This book describes a path to recovery for all those who have experienced strokes and other debilitating illnesses.