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Politics of Chinese Medicine Under Mongol Rule (Hardcover) (Reiko Shinno)

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Yuan China, one of the four empires created by the descendants of Cinggis Qan (1167-1227), saw the development of a new culture in which medical practice came to be considered a highly respected occupation for elite men. During this period, further major steps were also taken towards the codification of medical knowledge and promotion of physicians’ social status.

This book traces the history of the politics, institutions, and culture of medicine of China under Mongol Rule, through the eyes of a successful South Chinese official Yuan Jue (1266-1327). As the first comprehensive monograph on history of medicine in China under the Mongols, it argues that this period was a separate moment in Chinese history, when a configuration of power different from that of the Song, Jin or Ming periods created its own medical culture. The book emphasizes the impact of the political and institutional changes caused by the Mongols and their collaborators on the social and cultural history of medicine, which culminated in the medical theory of Zhu Zhenheng (1282–1358), still influential in East Asian medicine. Using a variety of Chinese-language sources including gazetteers, legal texts, biographies, poems, and medical texts, it analyses the roles of the Mongols and West and Central Asians as cultural brokers and also as unifiers of China. Further, it views North and South Chinese elites as agents of historical change rather than as victims of Mongol oppression.

Underlining the complexity of the history of China under the Mongols and the significance of time and geography for the study of this history, this book will be of great interest to students and scholars of Chinese medical history, Chinese social and cultural history, and medieval global history.

This book shows how Yuan China, one of the four empires created by the descendents of Cinggis Qan (Taizu ??, 1167-1227, r. 1206-1227), saw the development of a new culture in which medical practice came to be considered a highly respected occupation for elite men. Further, it argues that another major step was taken toward the codification of medical knowledge and promotion of physicians? social status during the Yuan period. To explain this historical development, Reiko Shinno points to the significance of Mongol rule, medical innovation, and Neo-Confucianism. As such, this book will be of great interest to students and scholars of Chinese medical history, Chinese social and cultural history, and medieval global history.

Number of Pages: 194.0
Genre: History
Sub-Genre: Asia / China, Social History, Medieval
Series Title: Needham Research Institute
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: Reiko Shinno
Language: English
Street Date: March 7, 2016
TCIN: 21511317
UPC: 9781138781191
Item Number (DPCI): 247-49-0438

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