Needles, Herbs, Gods, and Ghosts: China, Healing, and the West to 1848 / Edition 1

Needles, Herbs, Gods, and Ghosts: China, Healing, and the West to 1848 / Edition 1

by Linda L. Barnes
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674023978

ISBN-13: 9780674023970

Pub. Date: 04/01/2007

Publisher: Harvard

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. As

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. As Westerners struggled to understand new peoples unfamiliar to them, how did they make sense of equally unfamiliar concepts and practices of healing? Barnes traces this story through the mid-nineteenth century, in both Europe and, eventually, the United States. She has unearthed numerous examples of Western missionaries, merchants, diplomats, and physicians in China, Europe, and America encountering and interpreting both Chinese people and their healing practices, and sometimes adopting their own versions of these practices.

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
Publication date:
04/01/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.12(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Introduction

1. First Impressions: Until 1491

2. A New Wave of Europeans: 1492-1659

3. Model State, Medical Men, and "Mechanick Principles": 1660-1736

4. Sinophiles, Sinophobes, and the Cult of Chinoiserie: 1737-1804

5. Memory, History, and Imagination: 1805-1848

Conclusion

Abbreviations

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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