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What Is Medicine?Western and Eastern Approaches to Healing$
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Paul Unschuld

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520257658

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520257658.001.0001

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Puzzling Parallels

Puzzling Parallels

22 Puzzling Parallels
What Is Medicine?

Paul U. Unschuld

University of California Press

This chapter focuses on Greek antiquity and explains the thesis of the counterfeit three centuries of the Early Middle Ages. It is quite strange that something totally identical to what happened in Greece happened in China three centuries later. It is assumed that both events occurred independently of one another, or, considering the transportation situation of the time, it may have taken just that long for the innovation from the West to finally find its way to the East. It is also assumed that both China and the Eastern Mediterranean received external impulses that originated somewhere between the two areas and flourished, first in Greece and then later in China. The era of the creation of medicine in ancient Greece, which can be dated much less satisfactorily and with far fewer verifiable written sources than for that of ancient China, nevertheless allows a differentiation that has already been useful for the observations in China.

Keywords:   Greek antiquity, Early Middle Ages, medicine, ancient Greece, nonmedical therapeutics, medical therapeutics

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