Needles, herbs, gods, and ghosts [electronic resource] : China, healing, and the West to 1848 / Linda L. Barnes.
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- China, healing, and the West to 1848
- Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press, 2005.
1 online resource (480 p. ) ill.
- Medicine, Chinese -- Popular works.
Medicine -- Asia -- History.
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- When did the West discover Chinese healing traditions? Most people might point to the "rediscovery" of Chinese acupuncture in the 1970's. 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. 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.
- Front matter
CHAPTER 1. First Impressions: Until 1491
CHAPTER 2. A New Wave of Europeans: 1492-1659
CHAPTER 3. Model State, Medical Men, and "Mechanick Principles": 1660-1736
CHAPTER 4. Sinophiles, Sinophobes, and the Cult of Chinoiserie: 1737-1804
CHAPTER 5. Memory, History, and Imagination: 1805-1848
- Originally published: 2005.
Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Includes bibliographcial references (p. 374-436) and index.
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