Expressiveness of the Body & the Divergence of Greek & Chinese Medicine

KURIYAMA Shigehisa [Other titles by this author]

ISBN: 9780942299885

Zone Books 1999 1st Edition

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 Expressiveness of the Body & the Divergence of Gre (Expressiveness of the Body & the Divergence of Greek & Chinese Medicine)

At the heart of medical history is a deep enigma. The true structure and workings of the human body are, we casually assume, everywhere the same, a universal reality. But then we look into the past, and our sense of reality wavers: accounts of the body in diverse medical traditions often seem to describe mutually alien, almost unrelated worlds. The Expressiveness of the Human Body meditates on the contrast between the human body described in classical Greek medicine and the body as envisaged by physicians in ancient China. It asks how this most basic of human realities came to be conceived by two sophisticated civilisations in radically diverging ways. And it seek answers in fresh and unexpected topics, such as the history of tactile knowledge, the relationship between ways of seeing and ways of listening, and the evolution of bloodletting. '...this is an astonishingly original reading of early medicine in China and the West, yet one that builds its case with scrupulous scholarship...A great achievement!' - Athur Kleinman, Harvard Medical School.

235 x 160mm.


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