ISBN-10:
0942299884
ISBN-13:
9780942299885
Pub. Date:
08/02/1999
Publisher:
Zone Books
The Expressiveness of the Body and the Divergence of Greek and Chinese Medicine / Edition 1

The Expressiveness of the Body and the Divergence of Greek and Chinese Medicine / Edition 1

by Shigehisa Kuriyama

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Overview

A meditation on the human body as described by the classical Greeks and by the ancient Chinese.

At the heart of medical history is a deep enigma. The true structure and workings of the human body are, we casually assume, everywhere the same, a universal reality. But then we look into the past, and our sense of reality wavers: accounts of the body in diverse medical traditions often seem to describe mutually alien, almost unrelated worlds. The Expressiveness of the Body meditates on the contrasts between the human body described in classical Greek medicine and the body as envisaged by physicians in ancient China. It asks how this most basic of human realities came to be conceived by two sophisticated civilizations in radically diverging ways. And it seeks answers in fresh and unexpected topics, such as the history of tactile knowledge, the relationship between ways of seeing and ways of listening, and the evolution of bloodletting.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780942299885
Publisher: Zone Books
Publication date: 08/02/1999
Series: Zone Books
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Shigehisa Kuriyama is Associate Professor and Staff Researcher at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies.

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...this is an astonishingly original reading of early medicine in China and the West, yet one that builds its case with scrupulous scholarship.... A great achievement!

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. . . this is an astonishingly original reading of early medicine in China and the West, yet one that builds its case with scrupulous scholarship. . . . A great achievement!

Arthur Kleinman , Harvard Medical School

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...this is an astonishingly original reading of early medicine in China and the West, yet one that builds its case with scrupulous scholarship.... A great achievement!

Arthur Kleinman, Harvard Medical School

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