- Hardcover: 480 pages
- Publisher: Belknap Press; 1 edition (January 7, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0674047370
- ISBN-13: 978-0674047372
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #633,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chinese Medicine and Healing: An Illustrated History 1st Edition
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Popular how-to books about Chinese medicine written for Americans abound. Those who have some understanding of the basics, beginning with the manipulation of qi, or vital energy, and who want an in-depth look at the history, evolution, and impact of this many-faceted tradition will find much to contemplate in this serious and enlightening essay collection. Hinrichs, an associate history professor at Cornell, and Barnes, director of the master’s program in medical anthropology and cross-cultural practice at the Boston University School of Medicine, invited 58 international scholars from diverse disciplines to share their groundbreaking investigations into past and present practices, efficacy, and the global dissemination of Chinese medicine. Coverage begins with the first appearance of Chinese script around 1200 BCE, when supernatural forces were believed to cause disease, and flows on to the vulnerability of traditional medicine in today’s increasingly high-tech and economically ambitious China. From oracle bones to herbs, meditation, acupuncture, therapeutic massage, feng shui, movement-based practices, and food therapy, this far-ranging yet exacting overview sets Chinese medicine and healing within a vividly rendered historical and social framework. --Donna Seaman
Covering over 3,000 years of medical history, the volume demonstrates how successive schools of medical thought adopted new practices, accommodated old ones, and diverged from their own ideological and institutional roots in response to new sociopolitical contexts… The book examines the complex relationship between Chinese medicine and the West… While the sheer breadth of information contained within the volume might appear daunting, the book itself is actually quite approachable. The authors assume little foreknowledge of Chinese history on the part of the reader, and do a nice job of integrating general contextual information with specific examples of medical practice (often offset from the main text in gray boxes). The use of visual imagery, including maps, anatomic charts, and photographs of practitioners in action, further reinforces the multiplicity of ways in which Chinese medicine has been deployed in a range of settings and geographic contexts. By culling from a wide variety of primary and secondary sources and recruiting over 50 scholars to contribute to the volume, Barnes and Hinrichs are able to create a book that is thorough and comprehensive, yet not intimidating… Chinese Medicine and Healing can serve as a reference for students, scholars, and anyone looking to understand the historical roots of contemporary Chinese medical practices. (Emily Baum Los Angeles Review of Books 2013-11-24)
Taking a historical, sociological, and anthropological approach, this expansive survey makes a scholarly pursuit accessible, with crisply edited essays and fascinating illustrations that break down a complex medical tradition whose relevance has not diminished… Hinrichs and Barnes present a rich exploration of the evolution and impact of Chinese medicine… Medical professionals and alternative medicine aficionados will find plenty to appreciate in this compelling study. (Publishers Weekly 2012-11-02)
Hinrichs and Barnes have produced a large, ambitious, blockbusting volume that provides both encyclopedic range and contextual historical detail. The book is a great reference for a wide range of readers, including students, scholars, clinicians, and anyone seeking to better understand a medicine that is uniquely embedded in a civilization's specific cultural history. (Charlotte Furth, Professor Emerita of Chinese History, University of Southern California)
Very impressive! An extraordinarily broad and rich compendium, Hinrichs and Barnes have orchestrated a vast collection of history and anthropological observations of professional and popular practice which will be useful for the expert and the general reader. (Arthur Kleinman, Harvard University)
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