Celestial Lancets

A History and Rationale of Acupuncture and Moxa

Author: Gwei-Djen Lu,Joseph Needham

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136612556

Category: Medical

Page: 480

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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 different points on the body's surface; moxibustion is the burning of Artemisia tinder (moxa) either directly on the skin or just above it. For 2500 years the Chinese have used both techniques to relieve pain and to heal a wide variety of illnesses and malfunctions. Providing a full historical account of acupuncture and moxibustion in the theoretical structure of Chinese medicine, Doctors Lu and Needham combine it with a rationale of the two techniques in the light of modern scientific knowledge.

The Evolution of Chinese Medicine

Song Dynasty, 960–1200

Author: Asaf Goldschmidt

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134091818

Category: History

Page: 272

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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: the emperor's interest in medicine elevated the status of medicine in the eyes of the elite, leading to an increased involvement of intellectuals and the literary elite in medicine government officials systematically revised, printed, and promulgated earlier heterogeneous medical manuscripts belonging to various traditions the government established unique imperially sponsored medical institutions to handle public health and other aspects of medicine. 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.

A Chinese Physician

Wang Ji and the Stone Mountain Medical Case Histories

Author: Joanna Grant

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134430752

Category: History

Page: 256

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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 complementary stories about what it was to practise medicine in 16th century China. Woven together, these stories combine to create a multi-dimensional portrayal that brings to life the very human experiences, frustrations and aspirations of a well respected and influential physician who struggled to win respect from fellow practitioners and loyalty from patients. The book creates a vibrant and colourful picture of contemporary medical practice and at the same time deepens our understanding of the interrelationship between gender culture and medicine.

Chinese Mathematical Astrology

Reaching Out to the Stars

Author: Ho Peng Yoke

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134430671

Category: History

Page: 232

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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 with these devices to both weather forecasting and to the interpretation of human affairs. Hidden by a veil of secrecy, these methods have always been relatively little known other than by their names. The first work in any language to explore these three methods, known as sanshi (three cosmic boards), this book sheds light on a topic which has been shrouded in mystery for centuries, having been kept secret for many years by the Chinese Astronomical Bureau.

Krusen's handbook of physical medicine and rehabilitation

Author: Frederic J. Kottke,Justus F. Lehmann

Publisher: W B Saunders Co


Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 1323

View: 2026


The 4th edition helps you skillfully assess your patients' needs, implement therapeutic strategies, and effectively rehabilitate patients to maximum performance levels. Guides you in the application of specific tools, procedures, and techniques that produce results. Covers sports medicine, osteoporosis, geriatrics, and brain injury.

A Day in the Life

Studying Daily Life Through History

Author: Peter N. Stearns

Publisher: Greenwood Press

ISBN: 9780313332333

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 228

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Collects essays on daily life throughout history, including health and medicine, clothing and dress, material culture, standards of living, work and consumerism, and popular culture.