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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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No Scientific Revolution in Medicine

No Scientific Revolution in Medicine

62 No Scientific Revolution in Medicine
What Is Medicine?

Paul U. Unschuld

University of California Press

This chapter sheds light on the scientific revolution in medicine in the centuries following the decline of the Song dynasty to the end of the empire in 1912. There were a couple of initiatives, but no one was able to provide a blueprint to give medicine new momentum. There had been a new momentum in the Han era when the innovation was expressed and accepted and there was new momentum again in the Song era also. There have always been movements. The movements in the Mongolian, Ming, and Qing eras were certainly noticeable and perhaps even traumatic for the contemporaries but they were not fundamental. They could not fundamentally question the structures of the imperial period. The Neo-Confucianism of the Song era was elevated by the Qing dynasty to official state doctrine. There is no special new path in culture, as in medicine. The end of the imperial era led to the emergence of the new path.

Keywords:   scientific revolution in medicine, Qing dynasty, Song dynasty, Han era, Mongolian era

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