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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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When the Light Comes from Behind

When the Light Comes from Behind

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86 When the Light Comes from Behind
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What Is Medicine?
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Paul U. Unschuld

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520257658.003.0086

The Arabs became admirers of an ancient heritage whose people were trying to leave it behind. The moment the Chinese opened their doors, seeking a serious change in direction toward the future, droves of men and women flocked to China from the future-oriented civilization of the West with the wish to learn the classics of antiquity. The cultures have met at a crossroads. On the one side were those who had decided, after slowly walking forward with their heads turned backward for two millennia, to turn their heads around and look forward. They were met by those who were educated to look forward but were in fact walking backward. Now, for part of the Western population, the light comes from the past and suggests turning around and continuing to march while facing backward, and to always keep the light in view.

Keywords:   Chinese, West, antiquity, future-oriented civilization, crossroads

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