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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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Illness as Stasis

Illness as Stasis

34 Illness as Stasis
What Is Medicine?

Paul U. Unschuld

University of California Press

This chapter sheds light on the Chinese conception of qi and explains why Asclepiades and his followers came up with the image of the body as being made of “un-joined mass pchapters”, and why Asclepiades and his followers postulated a “random movement of atoms,” and not a regular movement. At the time of Asclepiades, thousands of kilometers to the east, the term, qi, also meant fine material pchapters. At the same time as China was unified, the Roman Empire had annexed an enormous geographic area. Now, at exactly the same time as in China, a great empire came into being comprised of varied and increasingly distant units that all had to contribute to the good of the power center. Most of the diverse units remained ethnically and culturally distant. There were only seven, and then two, states competing for dominance before the unification of empire in ancient China. They had all been “Chinese” before unification. The teachings of Confucius, Laozi, and other philosophers were already known in all the states that came together after unification.

Keywords:   random movement of atoms, image of the body, Roman Empire, power center, ancient China, teachings of Confucius

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