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What Is Medicine? – Western and Eastern Approaches to Healing - California Scholarship Online
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What Is Medicine?: Western and Eastern Approaches to Healing

Paul Unschuld


This book is a comparative history of two millennia of Western and Chinese medicine from their beginnings in the centuries bce through present advances in sciences such as molecular biology and in Western adaptations of traditional Chinese medicine. In this interpretation of the basic forces that undergird shifts in medical theory, the book relates the history of medicine in both Europe and China to changes in politics, economics, and other contextual factors. Drawing on extended research of Chinese primary sources as well as scholarship in European medical history, this book argues against an ... More

Keywords: molecular biology, traditional Chinese medicine, medical theory, history of medicine, politics, economics, European medical history, physiology, pathology, health care policies

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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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Paul Unschuld, author

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