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Health Care, Medicine, and Chinese Society

  • Nathan Sivin
Part of the Archimedes book series (ARIM, volume 43)

Abstract

This book explores the spectrum of health care available to people in Imperial China, and analyzes important parts of it. It focuses on ideas and methods of therapy in the long eleventh century (960-1127) and their interaction. Historians have concentrated on the high medical tradition, with its rich sources, but its physicians treated few outside the class that governed China and owned most of its wealth. Who, then, cared for the vast majority, illiterate, mostly rural, and largely poor? They depended on the resources available in their own villages—from local herbalists, popular priests, and others—and, for epidemics and other collective crises, from Buddhist and Daoist priests and occasionally from local officials. To most Chinese, curative rites were more familiar than medical prescriptions. The book applies medical anthropology and the sociology of medicine to interpret the rich evidence of ritual therapy in the eleventh century.

Keywords

Song Dynasty Eleventh Century Imperial Examination Northern Song Dynasty Classical Medicine 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nathan Sivin
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  1. 1.University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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