Currents of Tradition in Chinese Medicine, 1626-2006

Currents of Tradition in Chinese Medicine In a young man named Fei Shangyou moved his family to Menghe a small town in the Yangzi delta of China According to family legend he abandoned his career as a scholar and began working as a ph

  • Title: Currents of Tradition in Chinese Medicine, 1626-2006
  • Author: Volker Scheid
  • ISBN: 9780939616565
  • Page: 183
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1626, a young man named Fei Shangyou moved his family to Menghe, a small town in the Yangzi delta of China According to family legend, he abandoned his career as a scholar and began working as a physician In doing so, he founded a medical lineage that continues to the present day This book describes the development, flourishing, and decline of this lineage and its maIn 1626, a young man named Fei Shangyou moved his family to Menghe, a small town in the Yangzi delta of China According to family legend, he abandoned his career as a scholar and began working as a physician In doing so, he founded a medical lineage that continues to the present day This book describes the development, flourishing, and decline of this lineage and its many branches, as well as that of the other medical lineages and families with which it merged over time to form the current of Menghe learning Menghe xuepai This current and its offshoots produced some of the most influential physicians in the Chinese medical tradition during the 19th and 20th centuries Menghe physicians, their disciples and students treated emperors, imperial mandarins, Nationalist Party generals, leading figures in the Communist Party, affluent businessmen, and influential artists In late imperial China, Menghe medicine was a self conscious attempt to unite diverse strands of medical learning into one integrated tradition centered on ancient principles of practice In Republican Shanghai, Menghe physicians and their students were at the forefront of medical modernization, establishing schools, professional associations, and journals that became models for others to follow During the 1950s and 1960s, the heirs of Menghe medicine were key players in creating the institutional framework for contemporary Chinese medicine Their students are now practicing all over the world, shaping Chinese medicine in Los Angeles, New York, Oxford, Mallorca, and Berlin The history of the Menghe current is relevant to anyone interested in the development of Chinese medicine in late imperial and modern China This book traces Chinese medical history along the currents created by generations of physicians linked to each other by a shared heritage of learning, by descent and kinship, by sentiments of native place as well as nationalist fervor, by personal riv

    One thought on “Currents of Tradition in Chinese Medicine, 1626-2006”

    1. This book describes the development of a tradition and lineage in Chinese Medicine, of which I am a grateful recipient. The role of several social and political developments from the Song Dynasty through the establishment of the Communist era is explored in relation to the question of what constitutes a tradition of knowledge and practice. I see within the descriptions many aspects of my own work, and recognize their provenance. I am likewise encouraged to interrogate my own conception of why I [...]

    2. Still working on this, so more to come.Scheid obviously did an amazing amount of research and presents the material in a way that is so coherent, organized and articulate that I squeal with delight every time I venture inside the pages. As for the full content, I will get back when I'm done.

    3. A meticulously researched and theoretically sophisticated meditation on changes in the conception of medicine in China over the last three centuries.

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