The Making of Modern Chinese Medicine, 1850-1960
Bridie Andrews (Author)
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Univ of British Columbia Pr (March 30, 2014)
Medical care in nineteenth-century China was spectacularly pluralistic: herbalists, shamans, bone-setters, midwives, priests, and a few medical missionaries from the West, all competed for patients. This book examines the received dichotomies between "Western" and "Chinese" medicine, showing how they have been greatly exaggerated. As missionaries went to lengths to make their medicine more acceptable to Chinese patients, modernizers of Chinese medicine worked to become more "scientific" by eradicating superstition and creating modern institutions. This book challenges the supposed superiority of Western medicine in China while showing how "traditional" Chinese medicine was deliberately created in the image of a modern scientific practice.