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Speaking of Epidemics in Chinese Medicine : Disease and the Geographic Imagination in Late Imperial China.

Author: Marta Hanson
Publisher: Hoboken : Taylor & Francis, 2011.
Series: Needham Research Institute series.
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This book is the biography of a Chinese disease. Born in antiquity and reaching maturity during the epidemics that swept China during the seventeenth-century collapse of the Ming dynasty, the ancient notion of wenbing "Warm diseases" continued to play a role even in the response of Traditional Chinese Medicine to the outbreak of SARS in 2002-3. By following wenbing from its birth to maturity and even life in modern  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Hanson, Marta.
Speaking of Epidemics in Chinese Medicine : Disease and the Geographic Imagination in Late Imperial China.
Hoboken : Taylor & Francis, ©2011
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Marta Hanson
ISBN: 9780203829592 020382959X
OCLC Number: 797918678
Description: 1 online resource (282 pages).
Contents: Front Cover; Speaking of Epidemics in Chinese Medicine; Copyright Page; Contents; List of illustrations; Chinese historical dynasties; List of bibliographic abbreviations; List of library abbreviations; List of editorial abbreviations; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part I: Foundations and inheritances; 1. Medical history in three themes: Chinese epidemiology, the geographicimagination, and a biography ofwenbing "Warm diseases"; Biographies of disease concepts; Spatio-temporal frames for disease in classical Chinese medicine. Seeing epidemics and the geographic imagination through a biography of wenbingMedical historiography; Structure of three themes; 2. A deep history of the Chinese geographic imagination: The five directions, northwest-southeast dichotomy, and southern shift; The Chinese geographic imagination in medicine; The Inner Canon of the Yellow Emperor; Song systematization of medicine, establishment of medical canons; Regionalism and skepticism in Song medicine; Song medicine revised --
the northern masters of the Jin and Yuan; The southern shift; Part II: New Ming medical boundaries. 3. The geographic imagination in Ming medicine: Northern purgatives, southern restoratives, and conceptions of north and southGeographic asymmetries; Dai Liang on northern and southern medicine; The Enlightened Physicians' challenge to regionalism; Required Readings and late Ming medical regionalism; Regional diseases, social diagnoses; 4. Ming medical frontiers: Diseases of the Far South, new conceptions of contagion; The zhang miasmas of Lingnan; Lingnan diseases for the general Ming reader; Zhang and leprosy; Zhang and syphilis; Zhang and frontier peoples. Gu poisoning, Lingnan, and the MiaoSouthern diseases and cosmological criticism in medicine; 5. Ming medical skepticism: Epidemiological crisis, cosmological criticism; Epidemiological crisis and the discourse on anomalies; One physician's response to the end-of-Ming epidemics; Local epidemiology over universal cosmology; Part III: Early modern medical transformations; 6. Matters of placeEpistemological divisions, genealogical divergence; The geographic imagination and smallpox among Manchus; Southern physicians respond to the Treatise on Febrile Epidemics. Imperial perspectives on smallpox, epidemics, and Warm diseasesThe Four Great Masters debate and opposing genealogies of medicine; 7. Emergence of traditions: The nineteenth-century genealogy and geography of Warm diseases; Currents of learning and emergent traditions; First biographer of Warm diseases; A Shaoxing physician and his A Stick to Awaken Physicians; First anthologist of Warm diseases; Southern Diseases and Suzhou networks; Convergences and Divergences. 8. Conclusion: New and old nosologies in modern China --
From imagining to mapping the geography of diseases in China (and back again).
Series Title: Needham Research Institute series.

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This book is the biography of a Chinese disease. Born in antiquity and reaching maturity during the epidemics that swept China during the seventeenth-century collapse of the Ming dynasty, the ancient notion of wenbing "Warm diseases" continued to play a role even in the response of Traditional Chinese Medicine to the outbreak of SARS in 2002-3. By following wenbing from its birth to maturity and even life in modern times this book approaches the history of Chinese medicine from a new angle. It explores the possibility of replacing older narratives that stress progress and linear development wi.

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