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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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Xu Dachun, Giovanni Morgagni, and Intra-abdominal Abscesses

Xu Dachun, Giovanni Morgagni, and Intra-abdominal Abscesses

60 Xu Dachun, Giovanni Morgagni, and Intra-abdominal Abscesses
What Is Medicine?

Paul U. Unschuld

University of California Press

This chapter studies the observers from China who expressed that they could gain insight in the interior of the human without opening the body. They found the answer instead of in the body, in old texts, where some things were written about the organs that they thought had to be interpreted correctly. The Chinese diagrams of the interior of the body were not that bad. They were based on models from the twelfth to fifteenth century. Everything could be seen in the diagrams such as the lungs at the top, the heart underneath, then the spleen. On the side there were the gall bladder, the liver and even deeper there were the small intestine, large intestine, kidneys, and so on. All the organs that were described in the texts of antiquity were visible in these diagrams. Intra-abdominal abscesses have nothing in common with “Traditional Chinese Medicine.” In the late twentieth century, “Traditional Chinese Medicine” was discussed in many Western countries.

Keywords:   Chinese diagrams, texts of antiquity, Traditional Chinese Medicine, intra-abdominal abscesses

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