The Transmission of Chinese Medicine

Author: Elisabeth Hsu

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521645423

Category: Medical

Page: 296

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This is a study of traditional medical education in the People's Republic of China. The author became a disciple of a scholarly private practitioner, a Qigong master; attended courses given by a senior acupuncturist and masseur; and studied with undergraduates at the Yunnan College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, where the standardized knowledge of official Chinese medicine is inculcated. She compares theories and practices of these different Chinese medical traditions, and her fascinating insider's account of traditional medical practices brings out the way in which the context of instruction shapes knowledge.

Innovation in Chinese Medicine

Author: Elisabeth Hsu

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521800686

Category: History

Page: 426

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A 2001 series of case-studies exploring the transformation of Chinese medicine over the centuries.

Pulse Diagnosis in Early Chinese Medicine

The Telling Touch

Author: Elisabeth Hsu

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521516625

Category: History

Page: 404

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A study of the earliest extensive account of Chinese pulse diagnosis, focusing on a biography of Chunyu Yi.

Innovation in Chinese Medicine

Author: Elisabeth Hsu

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521800686

Category: History

Page: 426

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A 2001 series of case-studies exploring the transformation of Chinese medicine over the centuries.

Early Chinese Medical Literature

Author: Donald Harper

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136172378

Category: Social Science

Page: 562

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First published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi

12 Weeks to a Healthy Body, Strong Heart, and Sharp Mind

Author: Peter M. Wayne,Mark Fuerst

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1590309421

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 336

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Presents the basic principles of tai chi and provides instructions for integrating tai chi into everyday activities to improve health and well-being.

Historical Epistemology and the Making of Modern Chinese Medicine

Author: Howard Chiang

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0719096006

Category: Medicine, Chinese

Page: 262

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This collection expands the history of Chinese medicine by bridging the philosophical concerns of epistemology and the history and cultural politics of transregional medical formations. Topics range from the spread of gingko's popularity from East Asia to the West to the appeal of acupuncture for complementing in-vitro fertilisation regimens, from the modernisation of Chinese anatomy and forensic science to the evolving perceptions of the clinical efficacy of Chinese medicine. The individual essays cohere around the powerful theoretical-methodological approach, historical epistemology, with which scholars in science studies have already challenged the seemingly constant and timeless status of such rudimentary but pivotal dimensions of scientific process as knowledge, reason, argument, objectivity, evidence, fact and truth. Yet given that landmark studies in historical epistemology rarely navigate outside the intellectual landscape of Western science and medicine, this book broadens our understanding of its application and significance by drawing on and exploring the rich cultures of Chinese medicine. In studying the globalising role of medical objects, the contested premise of medical authority and legitimacy, and the syncretic transformations of metaphysical and ontological knowledge, contributors illuminate how the breadth of the historical study of Chinese medicine and its practices of knowledge-making in the modern period must be at once philosophical and transnational in scope. This book will appeal to students and scholars working in science studies and medical humanities as well as readers who are interested in the broader problems of translation, material culture and the global circulation of knowledge.

Integrating East Asian Medicine into Contemporary Healthcare E-Book

Author: Volker Scheid,Hugh MacPherson

Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences

ISBN: 0702048364

Category: Medical

Page: 256

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Traditional East Asian healthcare systems have moved rapidly from the fringes of healthcare systems in the West towards the centre over the past 50 years. This change of status for traditional medicines presents their practitioners with both opportunities and challenges as the focus shifts from one of opposition towards one of integration into biomedically dominated healthcare systems. Integrating East Asian Medicine into Contemporary Healthcare examines the opportunities and challenges of integrating East Asian medicine into Western healthcare systems from an interdisciplinary perspective. Volker Scheid and Hugh MacPherson bring together contributions from acknowledged experts from a number of different disciplines - including clinical researchers, Chinese Medicine practitioners, historians, medical anthropologists, experts in the social studies of science, technology and medicine - to examine and debate the impact of the evidence-based medicine movement on the ongoing modernization of East Asian medicines. The book considers the following questions: •What are the values, goals and ethics implicit within traditional East Asian medical practices? • What claims to effectiveness and safety are made by East Asian medical practices? •What is at stake in subjecting these medical practices to biomedical models of evaluation? • What constitutes best practice? How is it to be defined and measured? • What are the ideologies and politics behind the process of integration of East Asian medical practices into modern health care systems? • What can we learn from a variety of models of integration into contemporary healthcare?

Social Lives of Medicines

Author: Susan Reynolds Whyte,Sjaak van der Geest,Anita Hardon

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521804691

Category: Medical

Page: 200

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The focus of this book is medicines (swallowed, injected, rubbed on), as understood by anthropologists concerned solely with their social uses. The text begins with examples of a mother medicating a child in various cultural contexts and ends with a broad review of the complex elements that determine the production and use of medicines. Since 1993, Cambridge Studies in Medical Anthropology has offered researchers and instructors monographs and edited collections of leading scholarship in one of the most lively and popular subfields of cultural and social anthropology. Beginning in 2002, the CSMA series presents theme booksworks that synthesize emerging scholarship from relatively new subfields or that reinterpret the literature of older ones. Designed as course material for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and for professionals in related areas (physicians, nurses, public health workers, and medical sociologists), these theme books will demonstrate how work in medical anthropology is carried out and convey the importance of a given topic for a wide variety of readers. About 160 pages in length, the theme books are not simply staid reviews of the literature. They are, instead, new ways of conceptualizing topics in medical anthropology that take advantage of current research and the growing edges of the field.

Golden Needle Wang Le-ting

Author: Hui-chan Yu,Fu-ru Han

Publisher: Blue Poppy Enterprises, Inc.

ISBN: 9780936185781

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 240

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Wang Le-ting was one of the architects of modern Chinese acupuncture. Wang created many new acupuncture treatment protocols useful in the treatment of chronic, difficult-to-treat conditions, including paralysis, and atrophy due to organic disease (MS, lupus, ALS, etc.), cerebrovascular accident, and traumatic injury to the spinal cord. This book is an account of his special acupuncture theories and contains his most effective treatment protocols, representative case histories, and Wang's analysis of point selection. It's also a mine of step-by-step acupuncture protocols you can use in your clinic.

Chinese Medicine and Healing

Author: TJ Hinrichs,Linda L Barnes

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674047370

Category: History

Page: 464

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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.

Living and Working with the New Medical Technologies

Intersections of Inquiry

Author: Margaret Lock,Allan Young,Alberto Cambrosio

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521655682

Category: Medical

Page: 295

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Interdisciplinary collection of essays on the influence and development of new medical technologies.

An Ecology of High-Altitude Infancy

A Biocultural Perspective

Author: Andrea S. Wiley

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521536820

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 244

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Highlighting the roles of ecology, culture, history, and political economy, this book considers how the unique mountain ecology and socio-cultural patterns of the Himalayan region of Ladakh contribute to a peculiar pattern of infant mortality. It stresses the burdens of women's work in this region as crucial to birth outcome. An example of a new genre of anthropological work called "ethnographic human biology," this study utilizes the methodology of human biology but strongly emphasizes the ethnographic context that provides meaning for human biological measures.

Medicine and Morality in Haiti

The Contest for Healing Power

Author: Paul Brodwin

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521575430

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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Medicine and morality in rural Haiti are shaped both by different local religious traditions and by biomedical and folk medicine practices. People who become ill may seek treatment from Western doctors, but also from herbalists and religious leaders. This study examines the decisions guiding such choices, and considers moral issues arising in a society where suffering is associated with guilt but where different, sometimes conflicting, ethical systems coexist. It also reveals how in the crisis of illness people rework religious identities and are forced to address fundamental social and political problems.

Plants, Health and Healing

On the Interface of Ethnobotany and Medical Anthropology

Author: Elisabeth Hsu,Stephen Harris

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9781845450601

Category: Nature

Page: 316

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Plants have cultural histories, and their culturally known applications change through time and across contexts. The impact of individual plant species on human cultures has been profound, whether it is the coca and quinine from South America or tea and coffee from the Old World. This pattern is seen in all types of uses that humans make of plants, from trees used for construction, through species used for perfume through to food plants. However, it is medicinal plants that have attracted considerable attention recently, whether as a justification of plant conservation efforts or through the perception that direct use of medicinal plants may offer something that is not delivered by orthodox medicine. Nevertheless, surprisingly little research has been done on the interface of ethnobotany and medical anthropology. This volume makes an important contribution to filling this gap. Its two central aims are to demonstrate that plant knowledge is not paradigmatic positive knowledge but situational and arises in relationships, and to show that modern medicinal plant discovery can be viewed as the epitome of a long history of borrowing, stealing, and exchanging plants.

Chinese medicine in contemporary China

plurality and synthesis

Author: Volker Scheid

Publisher: Duke Univ Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: Medical

Page: 407

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As a traditional healing art that has established a contemporary global presence, Chinese medicine defies categories and raises many interesting questions. If Chinese medicine is "traditional," why has it not disappeared with the rest of traditional Chinese society? If, as some claim, it is a science, what does that imply about what we call science? What is the secret of Chinese medicine's remarkable adaptability that has allowed it to prosper for more than 2,000 years? In" Chinese Medicine in Contemporary China" Volker Scheid presents an ethnography of Chinese medicine that seeks to answer these questions, but his ethnography is informed by some atypical approaches. Scheid, a medical anthropologist and practitioner of Chinese medicine in practice since 1983, has produced an ethnography that accepts plurality as an intrinsic and nonreducible aspect of medical practice. It has been widely noted that a patient visiting ten different practitioners of Chinese medicine may receive ten different prescriptions for the same complaint, yet many of these various treatments may be effective. In attempting to illuminate the plurality in Chinese medical practice, Scheid redefines-and in some cases abandons-traditional anthropological concepts such as tradition, culture, and practice in favor of approaches from disciplines such as science and technology studies, social psychology, and Chinese philosophy. As a result, his book sheds light not only on Chinese medicine but also on the Western academic traditions used to examine it and presents us with new perspectives from which to deliberate the future of Chinese medicine in a global context. "Chinese Medicine in Contemporary China" is the product of two decades of research including numerous interviews and case studies. It will appeal to a western academic audience as well as practitioners of Chinese medicine and other interested medical professionals, including those from western biomedicine.