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Needham Research Institute Series

Edited by Christopher Cullen

Joseph Needham's 'Science and Civilisation' series began publication in the 1950s. At first, it was seen as a piece of brilliant but isolated pioneering. However, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, it is clear that Needham's work has succeeded in creating a vibrant new intellectual field in the West. The books in this series cover topics relating broadly to the practice of science, technology and medicine in East Asia, including China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. The emphasis is on traditional forms of knowledge and practice, but without excluding modern studies which connect the topics with their historical and cultural context.

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1-10 of 10 results in Needham Research Institute Series
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  1. A Chinese Physician

    Wang Ji and the Stone Mountain Medical Case Histories

    By Joanna Grant

    Series: Needham Research Institute Series

    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...

    Published September 11th 2014 by Routledge

  2. Reviving Ancient Chinese Mathematics

    Mathematics, History and Politics in the Work of Wu Wen-Tsun

    By Jiri Hudecek

    Series: Needham Research Institute Series

    Twentieth-century China has been caught between a desire to increase its wealth and power in line with other advanced nations, which, by implication, means copying their institutions, practices and values, whilst simultaneously seeking to preserve China’s independence and historically formed...

    Published June 21st 2014 by Routledge

  3. Chinese Mathematical Astrology

    Reaching Out to the Stars

    By Ho Peng Yoke

    Series: Needham Research Institute Series

    Though there are a number of well-written works on Chinese divination, there are none that deal with the three sophisticated devices that were employed by the Chinese Astronomical Bureau in the eleventh century and for hundreds of years thereafter. Chinese experts applied the methods associated...

    Published October 24th 2013 by Routledge

  4. Speaking of Epidemics in Chinese Medicine

    Disease and the Geographic Imagination in Late Imperial China

    By Marta Hanson

    Series: Needham Research Institute Series

    This book traces the history of the Chinese concept of "Warm diseases" (wenbing) from antiquity to the SARS epidemic. Following wenbing from its birth to maturity and even life in modern times Marta Hanson approaches the history of Chinese medicine from a new angle. She explores the possibility of...

    Published January 28th 2013 by Routledge

  5. Chinese Medicine in Early Communist China, 1945-1963

    A Medicine of Revolution

    By Kim Taylor

    Series: Needham Research Institute Series

    Using original sources, this significant text looks at the transformation of Chinese medicine from a marginal, side-lined medical practice of the early twentieth century, to an essential and high-profile part of the national health-care system under the Chinese Communist Party. The political,...

    Published November 28th 2011 by Routledge

  6. Explorations in Daoism

    Medicine and Alchemy in Literature

    By Ho Peng Yoke

    Series: Needham Research Institute Series

    The Daoist canon is the definitive fifteenth century compilation of texts concerning ritual, alchemical and meditation practices within Daoist religion. Many of these texts are undated and anonymous, so dating them is essential for a clear understanding of the development of Chinese alchemy, and...

    Published July 10th 2011 by Routledge

  7. The Evolution of Chinese Medicine

    Song Dynasty, 960–1200

    By Asaf Goldschmidt

    Series: Needham Research Institute Series

    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...

    Published July 6th 2011 by Routledge

  8. Tibetan Medicine in the Contemporary World

    Global Politics of Medical Knowledge and Practice

    Edited by Laurent Pordié

    Series: Needham Research Institute Series

    The popularity of Tibetan medicine plays a central role in the international market for alternative medicine and has been increasing and extending far beyond its original cultural area becoming a global phenomenon. This book analyses Tibetan medicine in the 21st century by considering the...

    Published April 14th 2011 by Routledge

  9. Medieval Chinese Medicine

    The Dunhuang Medical Manuscripts

    By Christopher Cullen, Vivienne Lo

    Series: Needham Research Institute Series

    In recent decades various versions of Chinese medicine have begun to be widely practised in Western countries, and the academic study of the subject is now well established. However, there are still few scholarly monographs that describe the history of Chinese medicine and there are none at all on...

    Published April 5th 2005 by Routledge

  10. Celestial Lancets

    A History and Rationale of Acupuncture and Moxa

    By Gwei-Djen Lu, Joseph Needham

    Series: Needham Research Institute Series

    Using modern knowledge to shed light on ancient techniques, this text examines two of the earliest therapeutic techniques of Chinese medicine: acupuncture and moxibustion. Acupuncture is the implantation of very thin needles into subcutaneous connective tissue and muscle at a great number of...

    Published July 3rd 2002 by Routledge

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Forthcoming Books

  1. The Politics of Chinese Medicine Under Mongol Rule
    By Reiko Shinno
    To Be Published July 15th 2015
  2. Agriculture and the Food Supply in Premodern Japan: The Place of Rice?
    By Charlotte von Verschuer, Wendy Cobcroft
    To Be Published August 30th 2015

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