The Art of Medicine in Early China: The Ancient and Medieval by Miranda Brown

By Miranda Brown

During this ebook, Miranda Brown investigates the myths that acupuncturists and herbalists have advised concerning the beginning of the therapeutic arts. relocating from the Han (206 BC-AD 220) and track (960-1279) dynasties to the 20th century, Brown lines the wealthy background of chinese language clinical historiography and the slow emergence of the archive of clinical culture. She exposes the historic conditions that formed the present photo of clinical progenitors: the traditional bibliographers, medieval editors, and smooth reformers and defenders of chinese language medication who contributed to the modern form of the archive. Brown demonstrates how historic and medieval methods of realizing live to tell the tale in renowned narratives of clinical historical past, either in sleek Asia and within the West. She additionally unearths the fantastic and sometimes unacknowledged debt that modern students owe to their pre-modern forbearers for the types, frameworks, and analytic instruments with which to check the far away previous.

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I, He, have also heard it said that if honored by favors and emoluments and having assumed responsibility for the gravest of state matters, the great minister makes no change to affairs when a disaster arises, he too will suffer the consequences of the spiritual fault. What disaster is more serious than this? 21 Given the importance of this passage, it is worth lingering over the chronicler’s choice of words. ” In ancient texts, the term referred generally to blameworthy conduct. 22 The use of jiu in this way moreover makes sense given the larger context of the passage; Attendant He said that Minister Zhao would be punished for allowing the young lord to pursue the life of a rake.

Differences aside, a single assumption unites both ancient and modern interpretations of the episode: namely, the belief that the Tradition of Zuo set forth an authoritative account of medical happenings. But where did this assumption come from?

Yet my use of bricolage is broader than the sense of a mash-up, as I use the term to capture the complex conception of agency suggested by Claude Lévi-Strauss’s discussion of the bricolage in Savage Thought. In this work, Lévi-Strauss pits the bricolage against the engineering project. Whereas the engineer first conceives of a project and then locates the resources best suited for it, the bricoleur works with whatever is at hand, choosing to repurpose existing materials that bear no relationship to the current project.

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