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The Transmission of Chinese Medicine : Cambridge Studies in Medical Anthropology - Elisabeth Hsu

The Transmission of Chinese Medicine

Cambridge Studies in Medical Anthropology

Hardcover Published: 28th December 1999
ISBN: 9780521642361
Number Of Pages: 306

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This is one of the first studies of traditional medical education in an Asian country. Conducting extensive fieldwork in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province in the People's Republic of China, Elisabeth Hsu became the disciple of, a Qigong master a scholarly private practitioner, who almost wordlessly conveys esoteric knowledge and techniques; attended seminars given by a senior Chinese doctor, an acupuncturist and masseur, who plunges his followers into the study of arcane medical classics, and studied with students at the Yunnan College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, where the standardised knowledge of official Chinese medicine is inculcated. Dr Hsu compares the theories and practices of these different Chinese medical traditions and shows how the same technical terms may take on different meanings in different contexts. This is a fascinating, insider's account of traditional medical practices, which brings out the way in which the context of instruction shapes knowledge.

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'... an excellent blend of ideas, narrative and information ... the book is beautifully-written and the ideas are succinctly expressed ... Elisabeth Hsu offers thought-provoking insights that are pertinent to anybody who is interested in the education of practitioners and therefore the future of Chinese medicine.' Journal of Chinese Medicine 'As the first ethnographic description of a college of traditional Chinese medicine [Hsu's] book opens a whole new area for research in medical anthropology ... this book will stimulate new research by other ethnologists, and its talented author will surely continue to expand the reach of medical anthropology.' The Journal of The Royal Anthropological Institute

The secret transmission of knowledge and practice
Qigong and the concept of Qi
The personal transmission of knowledge
Interpreting a classical Chinese medical text
The standardised transmission of knowledge
Teaching from traditional Chinese medical textbooks
Styles of knowing
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ISBN: 9780521642361
ISBN-10: 0521642361
Series: Cambridge Studies in Medical Anthropology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 306
Published: 28th December 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.55