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The Making of Modern Chinese Medicine, 1850-1960

The Making of Modern Chinese Medicine, 1850-1960

by Bridie Andrews


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The Making of Modern Chinese Medicine, 1850-1960

Medical care in nineteenth-century China was spectacularly pluralistic: herbalists, shamans, bone-setters, midwives, priests, and a few medical missionaries from the West all competed for patients. This book examines the dichotomy between "Western" and "Chinese" medicine, showing how it has been greatly exaggerated. As missionaries went to lengths to make their medicine more acceptable to Chinese patients, modernizers of Chinese medicine worked to become more "scientific" by eradicating superstition and creating modern institutions. Andrews challenges the supposed superiority of Western medicine in China while showing how "traditional" Chinese medicine was deliberately created in the image of a modern scientific practice.

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ISBN-13: 9780824841058
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
Publication date: 01/15/2015
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Bridie Andrews is an associate professor of history at Bentley University and teaches history of medicine at the New England School of Acupuncture in Massachusetts. She has coedited two books, Western Medicine as Contested Knowledge and Medicine and Identity in the Colonies.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables ix

Acknowledgments xi

Conventions and Abbreviations xv

1 Modernities and Medicines 1

2 The Spectrum of Chinese Healing Practices 25

3 Missionary Medicine from the West 51

4 The Significance of Medical Reforms in Japan 69

5 Public Health and State-Building 89

6 Medical Lives 112

7 New Medical Institutions 145

8 From New Theories to New Practices 185

9 Conclusions: Medicine and Modernity David L. Schwarzkopf 206

Notes 218

Bibliography 252

Index 267

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