Needles, Herbs, Gods, And Ghosts / Edition 1

Needles, Herbs, Gods, And Ghosts / Edition 1

by Linda L. Barnes
     
 

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 medicalSee more details below

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674023970
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
04/01/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.97(d)

Table of Contents

1First impressions : until 14918
2A new wave of Europeans : 1492-165936
3Model state, medical men, and "mechanick principles" : 1660-173672
4Sinophiles, sinophobes, and the cult of chinoiserie : 1737-1804126
5Memory, history, and imagination : 1805-1848212

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