Traditional Chinese Medicine (häftad)
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Winner of Special Book Award of China 2017
Columbia University Press
Bridie Andrews
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Traditional Chinese Medicine (häftad)

Traditional Chinese Medicine

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A leading authority explains the origins and history of Chinese medicine from its beginnings in antiquity to today. Paul U. Unschuld describes medicine's close connection with culture and politics throughout Chinese history. He brings together texts, techniques, and worldviews to understand changing Chinese attitudes toward healing and the significance of traditional Chinese medicine in both China and the Western world. Unschuld reveals the emergence of a Chinese medical tradition built around a new understanding of the human being, considering beliefs in the influence of cosmology, numerology, and the supernatural on the health of the living. He describes the variety of therapeutic approaches in Chinese culture, the history of pharmacology and techniques such as acupuncture, and the global exchange of medical knowledge. Insights are offered into the twentieth-century decline of traditional medicine, as military defeats caused reformers and revolutionaries to import medical knowledge as part of the construction of a new China. Unschuld also recounts the reception of traditional Chinese medicine in the West since the 1970s, where it is often considered an alternative to Western medicine at the same time as China seeks to incorporate elements of its medical traditions into a scientific framework. This concise and compelling introduction to medical thought and history suggests that Chinese medicine is also a guide to Chinese civilization.
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This small volume by one of the most distinguished living historians of traditional Chinese medicine is a tour de force of specialist knowledge. -- Victor H. Mair, University of Pennsylvania

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Paul U. Unschuld is the director of the Horst-Goertz-Institute for the Theory, History, and Ethics of Chinese Life Sciences, Charite-Universitaetsmedizin Berlin. His books include What Is Medicine? Western and Eastern Approaches to Healing (2009) and The Fall and Rise of China: Healing the Trauma of History (2013).


Preface to the English Edition Introduction Part I: The Historical Foundations 1. Origins and Characteristics of Chinese Medicine 2. The Lack of Existential Autonomy 3. The Longing for Existential Autonomy 4. Quotations from the Medical Classics 5. The Banality of Violence 6. The Mawangdui Texts 7. Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology in the New Medicine 8. Deficiencies in the Credibility of the New Medicine 9. The Alternative Model: The View from Illness 10. Radical Healing: Life as a Form of Disease 11. Between Antiquity and the Modern Age 12. Two Medical Authors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties Part II: Modern and Contemporary Times 13. The Confrontation with the Western Way of Life 14. The Persuasiveness of Western Medicine 15. The Opinions of Intellectuals and Politicians 16. The Selection 17. The Surprise 18. The Creative Reception of Chinese Medicine in the West 19. The Objectification of the Discussion: Opportunity and Challenge Epilogue Notes Index