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Author Unschuld, Paul U. (Paul Ulrich), 1943-

Title Chinese traditional healing : the Berlin collections of manuscript volumes from the 16th through the early 20th century / by Paul Ulrich Unschuld and Zheng Jinsheng
Published Leiden : Brill, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (3 volumes (xii, 2828 pages)) : illustrations
Series Sir Henry Wellcome Asian series ; v. 10
Sir Henry Wellcome Asian series ; v. 10
Contents VOLUME ONE. Introductory essay -- 1. Chinese medical manuscripts -- 2. General characteristics of the Chinese medical manuscripts in the Berlin collections -- 3. Recipe collections -- 4. Major groups of authors -- 5. Further groups of authors and their manuscripts -- 6. Non-medical contents in the manuscripts -- 7. Finding the sources and dates of Chinese medical manuscripts -- 8. Conclusion -- VOLUME TWO. Survey of mss. 8001-8449 -- Survey of mss. 8450-48963 -- VOLUME THREE. Survey of mss. 8450-48963
Summary Research on past knowledge, practices, personnel and institutions of Chinese health care has focussed on printed text for many decades. The Berlin collections of handwritten Chinese volumes on health and healing from the past 400 years provide a hitherto unprecedented access to a wide range of data. They extend the reach of medical historiography beyond the literature written by and for a small social elite to the reality of health care as practiced by private households, lay healers, pharmacists, professional doctors, magicians, itinerant healers and others. The nearly 900 volumes surveyed here for the first time demonstrate the heterogeneity of Chinese traditional healing. They evidence the continuation of millennia-old therapeutic approaches long discarded by the elite, and they show continuous adaptation to more recent trends
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
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Subject Ethnologisches Museum Berlin.
Staatsbibliothek Preussischer Kulturbesitz. Arbeitsstelle für Bibliothekstechnik.
Manuscripts, Chinese.
Medicine, Chinese -- Manuscripts.
Spiritual healing -- Manuscripts.
Traditional medicine -- Manuscripts.
Manuscripts, Medical as Topic.
Medicine, Chinese Traditional.
Genre/Form Manuscripts.
Form Electronic book
Author Zheng, Jinsheng, 1946-
ISBN 9004229094 (electronic bk.)
9789004229099 (electronic bk.)
(hardback ; set ; alk. paper)
(hardback ; set ; alk. paper)