A Chinese Physician: Wang Ji and the Stone Mountain Medical by Joanna Grant PDF

By Joanna Grant

ISBN-10: 0415297583

ISBN-13: 9780415297585

A chinese language general practitioner is the portrait of a sixteenth century scientific author and scientific practitioner. Drawing on socio-economic/biographic, textual, and gender research together with quite a few resources, from hagiographical biographies to clinical case histories, the booklet tells 3 very varied yet complementary tales approximately what it was once to training drugs in sixteenth century China. Woven jointly, those tales mix to create a multi-dimensional portrayal that brings to existence the very human reviews, frustrations and aspirations of a good revered and influential health professional who struggled to win admire from fellow practitioners and loyalty from sufferers. The e-book creates a colourful and vibrant photo of up to date clinical perform and whilst deepens our figuring out of the interrelationship among gender tradition and medication.

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In her view, the increasing number of physicians in Suzhou fostered the need for a demarcation of boundaries to exclude those who did not share a common social and intellectual heritage. Those physicians who had turned to medicine only after failing the civil service examinations shared classical knowledge and moral virtues, and by emphasizing the Confucian ideal of benevolence they were able to elevate their status by claiming that through the practice of benevolent medicine they could continue to perfect their virtues and become Confucian gentlemen.

Some idea of the impact of socioeconomic development on contemporary medical practice can be gleaned from an examination of issues such as the size and composition of the medical elite, the extent to which physicians were aware of their contemporaries and the works they produced, and the various mechanisms by which medical knowledge was transmitted, including the increasing use of printed materials as a means of instruction. The rich profusion of historical sources that date from this period also makes it possible to identify some of the most influential physicians and medical writers who rose to prominence at this time and to trace some of the links between them.

It is not until a man is repeatedly frustrated in his scholarly pursuit that he gives up his studies and takes up trade. After he has accumulated substantial savings he encourages his descendants, in planning for their future, to give up trade and take up studies. Trade and studies thus alternate with each other, with the likely result that the family succeeds either in acquiring an annual income of ten thousand bushels of grain or in achieving the honour of having a retinue of a thousand horse carriages.

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