Knowledge & the Scholarly Medical Traditions

BATES Don [Other titles by this author]

ISBN: 9780521499750

Cambridge University Press 1995 1st Edition

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 Knowledge & the Scholarly Medical Traditions (Knowledge & the Scholarly Medical Traditions)

However much the three great traditions of medicine - Galenic, Chinese and Ayurvedic - differed from each other, they had one thing in common: scholarship. The foundational knowledge of each could only be acquired by careful study under teachers relying on ancient texts. The ways in which practitioners used these texts varied among historical periods and cultures, providing a rich field for the study of different cultural practices in the legitimation of knowledge. The essays in this volume, contributed by specialists in the history and anthropology of these traditions, range from historical investigations to studies of present-day practices. '...the book encloses rich lodes of scholarship which the explorer can mine with profit, receiving not only new information but flashes of new insight, according to his or her own background' - Lester S. King, Journal of the History of Medicine. Contents: >1. Ways of scholarly knowing: an introduction (Don Bates) Part I. Scholarly Medicine in the West: >2. Epistemological arguments in early Greek medicine in comparative perspective (Geoffrey Lloyd) >3. Autopsia, historia & what women know: the authority of women in Hippocratic gynaecology (Lesley Dean-Jones) >4. The growth of medical empiricism (Robert James Hankinson) >5. Scholarship & social context: a medical case from the eleventh-century Near East (Lawrence Conrad) >6. The experience of the book: manuscript, texts, & the role of epistemology in early medieval medicine (Faith Wallis) >7. Artifex factivus sanitatis: health & medical care in medieval Latin Galenism (Luis Garcia-Ballester) >8. Epistemology & learned medicine in early modern England (Andrew Wear) Part II. Chinese Traditional Medicine: >9. Text & experience in classical Chinese medicine (Nathan Sivin) >10. Visual knowledge in classical Chinese medicine (Shigehisa Kuryama) >11. A deathly disorder: understanding women’s health in late imperial China >12. Re-writing traditional medicine in post-Maoist China (Judith Farquhar) Part III. Ayurvedic Medicine: >13. Writing the body & ruling the land: Western reflections on Chinese & Indian medicine (Margaret Trawick) >14. The scholar, the wise man, & universals: three aspects of Ayurvedic medicine (Francis Zimmerman) >15. The epistemological carnival: meditations on disciplinary intentionality & Ayurveda (Lawrence Cohen) Part IV >Commentaries.

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