"A superb study that speaks both to medical historians and anthropologists, and to the increasingly globalized communities of contemporary practitioners of Chinese medicine. Scheid s work is unique in integrating a subtle understanding of historical multiplicity with insights based on his own clinical experience." --Charlotte Furth, Professor of Chinese History, University of Southern California
"At the beginning of this astonishing book, Volker Scheid raises the most fundamental, most daunting questions in medical history: First, what is a medical tradition? What makes us see stable structures in a world where the only constant rule is change? What maintains them in a society where medicine was not an organized profession? What gives birth to such a tradition? How does it die? . . . Currents of Tradition in Chinese Medicine grapples on every page with these practically unexamined questions, and develops as convincing a set of answers as we are likely to have for a long time." --From the Foreword by Nathan Sivin, Professor of Chinese Culture and the History of Science, University of Pennsylvania
"Combines sophisticated arguments about social processes and processes of remembering with the specific histories of individual physicians and their colleagues, patients, aspirations, and clinical styles. . . . Historians, anthropologists, practitioners and patients will all find gems that please them in this remarkable new contribution to the field." --Marta Hanson, Assistant Professor, Department of History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University
About the Author
Dr. Volker Scheid is a scholar physician with more than twenty years of clinical experience in the practice of Chinese medicine. A senior research fellow at the School of Integrated Health, University of Westminster, London (UK), he also maintains a private medical practice and lectures internationally. He has published widely in academic and professional journals, including a book Chinese Medicine in Contemporary China: Plurality and Synthesis (Duke University Press, 2002).