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Health Care in Eleventh-Century China - Archimedes 43 (Hardback)
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Health Care in Eleventh-Century China - Archimedes 43 (Hardback)

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Hardback 223 Pages / Published: 14/09/2015
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By examining all the prevalent varieties of therapy from self-care to religious ritual, this book explores health care practices in China, before modern times. In ancient China most people were unable to afford a doctor, even in the unlikely case that one lived near their village and was willing to treat peasants. What did they do when their children got sick? The answer is to be found in this book, which goes far beyond the history of medicine. The author uses methods of medical anthropology to explain the curative roles of popular religion, Daoism, Buddhism and the therapeutic rites performed by imperial officials. Readers will discover the steady interaction of religious healing and classical medicine in this culture. This highly readable book builds on over forty years of study and analysis of early liturgical and medical writings and a wide variety of other sources. Its focus on the eleventh century throws new light on a period of rapid transition in many aspects of therapy and it will appeal to scholars and general readers alike.

Publisher: Springer International Publishing AG
ISBN: 9783319204260
Number of pages: 223
Weight: 4912 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 14 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 2015


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Sivin's synthesis successfully shows how in eleventh-century China the therapeutic practices of elite physicians, officials, monks, priests or popular ritual masters, given their respective backgrounds, all converged towards a similar goal: finding an efficacious way to bring order to what was perceived as a disorder of the body, of society or of the spiritual world." (Matthias Hayek, Medical History, Vol. 60 (4), October, 2016)

"In his book, Sivin integrates his research with the study of religious history, especially that of Daoism, and begins by examining how some of the most common religions treated diseases at that time. ... Based on existing research on medicine and religions in the Song dynasty, this book represents health care in eleventh-century China in a whole new light, with its rich knowledge of medical anthropology, history of religion, Chinese medicine and Western medical history." (Ka-wai Fan, Metascience, Vol. 25, 2016)

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