The Evolution of Chinese Medicine
Song Dynasty, 960–1200
Routledge – 2008 – 272 pages
The history of Chinese medicine hinges on three major turning points: the formation of canonical theory in the Han dynasty; the transformation of medicine via the integration of earlier medical theories and practices in the Song dynasty; and the impact of Western medicine from the nineteenth century onwards. This book offers a comprehensive overview of the crucial second stage in the evolution of Chinese medicine by examining the changes in Chinese medicine during the pivotal era of the Song dynasty.
Scholars often characterize the Song era as a time of change in every aspect of political, social, intellectual or economic life. More specifically it focuses on three narratives of change:
As the first book to study the transformation medicine underwent during the Song period this volume will appeal to Sinologists and scholars of the history of medicine alike.
Introduction 1. Emperors and Medicine: The Revival of Classical Medicine 2. Institutionalizing Medicine: Scholar-officials’ Impact on Medicine 3. Epidemics and Medicine: The Revival of Cold Damage Disorders 4. Drug Therapy during the Northern Song Dynasty. Introduction to Part 2: Creating a Comprehensive Systematic Medicine 5. Integrating Cold Damage Disorders with Classical Medicine 6. Integrating Drug Therapy with the Doctrinal Aspect of Classical Medicine. Epilogue
Asaf Goldschmidt is Senior Lecturer in the Department of East Asian Studies at Tel Aviv University, Israel.