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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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Healing the State, Healing the Organism

Healing the State, Healing the Organism

58 Healing the State, Healing the Organism
What Is Medicine?

Paul U. Unschuld

University of California Press

The Manchus were conquerors and foreign rulers, who were gradually able to adopt the refined lifestyle of the conquered. China had once again fallen victim to foreign invaders from the north after the Mongols and the Ming interlude. The country flourished in every respect during the reigns of Emperor Kangxi and Emperor Qianlong. The Song doctrines were the reason for the inability of the Chinese to rule their own empire. The political philosophers in the Song era did not possess the courage to articulate themselves and found expression in medical allegories. Healing for the state was expressed as healing for the organism. Everyone who cared about the well-being of the country felt a sense of responsibility. The structures had been constant for one and a half millennia but the spirit permeating these structures no longer fit.

Keywords:   Mongols, Ming, Song doctrines, Song era, ethnic Chinese

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