A Chinese Physician
Wang Ji and the Stone Mountain Medical Case Histories
By Joanna Grant
Routledge – 2003 – 256 pages
A Chinese Physician is the portrait of a 16th century medical writer and clinical practitioner. Drawing on socio-economic/biographic, textual, and gender analysis along side a variety of sources, from hagiographical biographies to medical case histories, the book tells three very different but complementary stories about what it was to practise medicine in 16th century China. Woven together, these stories combine to create a multi-dimensional portrayal that brings to life the very human experiences, frustrations and aspirations of a well respected and influential physician who struggled to win respect from fellow practitioners and loyalty from patients. The book creates a vibrant and colourful picture of contemporary medical practice and at the same time deepens our understanding of the interrelationship between gender culture and medicine.
'This book offers an extraordinary insight into the tradition that we study and practice.' - The Journal of Chinese Medicine
Part I - Wang Ji, medical culture and contemporary society
Part II - The Stone Mountain medical case histories
Part III - Wang Ji's medical practice: a textual analysis of the Stone Mountain medical case histories
Part IV - gender, culture and medicine: a gender analysis of the Stone Mountain medical case histories
After graduating from Oxford University in 1993 with a degree in Oriental Studies (Chinese), Joanna Grant carried out research into various aspects of Chinese medical history at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, for which she was awarded a PhD in 1997.