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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

Paperback Published: 10th January 2000
ISBN: 9780521645423
Number Of Pages: 308

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This is a study of traditional medical education in the People's Republic of China. The author became a disciple of a scholarly private practitioner, a Qigong master; attended courses given by a senior acupuncturist and masseur; and studied with undergraduates at the Yunnan College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, where the standardized knowledge of official Chinese medicine is inculcated. She compares theories and practices of these different Chinese medical traditions, and her fascinating insider's account of traditional medical practices 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: 9780521645423
ISBN-10: 0521645425
Series: Cambridge Studies in Medical Anthropology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 10th January 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.44