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Archimedes

Health Care in Eleventh-Century China

Authors: Sivin, Nathan

  • Explores the relations of Chinese medicine and religious ritual
  • Examines the whole spectrum of therapeutic ritual in China
  • Explains curative roles of Daoism, Buddhism and therapeutic rites 
  • Makes aspects of curative ritual accessible to non-specialists
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About this book

By examining all the prevalent varieties of therapy from self-care to religious ritual, this book explores health care practices in China, before modern times. In ancient China most people were unable to afford a doctor, even in the unlikely case that one lived near their village and was willing to treat peasants. What did they do when their children got sick? The answer is to be found in this book, which goes far beyond the history of medicine. The author uses methods of medical anthropology to explain the curative roles of popular religion, Daoism, Buddhism and the therapeutic rites performed by imperial officials. Readers will discover the steady interaction of religious healing and classical medicine in this culture. This highly readable book builds on over forty years of study and analysis of early liturgical and medical writings and a wide variety of other sources. Its focus on the eleventh century throws new light on a period of rapid transition in many aspects of therapy and it will appeal to scholars and general readers alike.

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“Sivin’s synthesis successfully shows how in eleventh-century China the therapeutic practices of elite physicians, officials, monks, priests or popular ritual masters, given their respective backgrounds, all converged towards a similar goal: finding an efficacious way to bring order to what was perceived as a disorder of the body, of society or of the spiritual world.” (Matthias Hayek, Medical History, Vol. 60 (4), October, 2016)

“In his book, Sivin integrates his research with the study of religious history, especially that of Daoism, and begins by examining how some of the most common religions treated diseases at that time. … Based on existing research on medicine and religions in the Song dynasty, this book represents health care in eleventh-century China in a whole new light, with its rich knowledge of medical anthropology, history of religion, Chinese medicine and Western medical history.” (Ka-wai Fan, Metascience, Vol. 25, 2016)


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eBook $119.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-20427-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $149.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-20426-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $159.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-36955-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Health Care in Eleventh-Century China
Authors
Series Title
Archimedes
Series Volume
43
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-20427-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-20427-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-20426-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-36955-6
Series ISSN
1385-0180
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 223
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations
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