Knowing Practice / Edition 1

Knowing Practice / Edition 1

by Judith Farquhar
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813330165

ISBN-13: 9780813330167

Pub. Date: 02/16/1996

Publisher: Westview Press


This book examines the theory and practice of traditional medicine in modern China. Farquhar describes the logic of diagnosis and treatment from the inside perspective of doctors and scholars. She demonstrates how theoretical and textual materials interweave with the practical requirements of the clinic. By showing how Chinese medical choices are made, she…  See more details below

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This book examines the theory and practice of traditional medicine in modern China. Farquhar describes the logic of diagnosis and treatment from the inside perspective of doctors and scholars. She demonstrates how theoretical and textual materials interweave with the practical requirements of the clinic. By showing how Chinese medical choices are made, she considers problems of agency in relation to different forms of knowledge. Knowing Practice will be of value not only to anthropologists interested in medical practice but also to historians and sociologists interested in the social life of technical expertise and traditional teachings.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813330167
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
02/16/1996
Series:
Studies in Ethnographic Imagination
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
1550L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: "We Take Practice to Be Our Guide"1
1Chinese Medicine as Institutional Object and Historical Moment9
The Institutionalization of Chinese Medicine12
Senior Doctors14
Scientizing17
Chinese Medicine Beyond the Institutions19
2Preliminary Orientations: Sources and Manifestations, Unity and Multiplicity23
Chinese Medicine's Challenge to Comparison24
Cosmogony and Transformation28
Sources and Manifestations32
Understanding Clinical Action36
3The Clinical Encounter Observed41
Three Case Histories46
Three Illnesses: Translations of Case Histories47
The Temporal Form of the Kanbing Process55
4Description and Analysis in Kanbing61
Describing: The Four Examinations (Sizhen)62
Analyzing: The Major Classificatory Methods70
Eight Rubrics (Ba Gang) Analysis76
Illness Factor (Bingyin) Analysis86
Visceral Systems (Zangfu) Analysis91
Four Sectors (Wei Qi Ying Xue) Analysis107
Six Warps (Liu Jing) Analysis119
Concluding Remarks on Analysis131
5The Syndrome-Therapy Pivot147
Defining the Syndrome (Zheng[subscript 3])148
Differentiating the Syndrome (Bianzheng)154
Determining Treatment Methods (Lunzhi)161
The Archive, the Past, the Doctor as Agent169
6Remanifesting the Syndrome and Qualifying the Therapy: Formulary and Materia Medica175
Remanifesting: Formulary and the Production of Prescriptions (Fang)175
Qualifying: Materia Medica (Bencao)190
7Classification, Specificity, History, and Action: An Overview of the Clinical Encounter201
Illness In, Drugs Out202
Speech and Silence203
Specificity207
Short Forms of the Clinical Encounter211
Yinyang Reexamined217
Conclusion221
Appendix A: Romanization Conversion Table231
Appendix B: Chinese and Pharmaceutical Names of Drugs Used in Cases 1-3233
Glossary of Chinese Terms237
Bibliography245
About the Book and Author253
Index255

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