By Benjamin Elman
According to a number of examine seminars, the authors during this quantity offer clean views of the highbrow and cultural historical past of East Asian drugs, 1550-1800. They use new assets, make new connections, and reconsider outdated assumptions, thereby interrogating no matter if and why ecu scientific modernity is a suitable normal for delineating the fashionable destiny of East Asia’s scientific classics. the original value of early smooth Europe within the historical past of recent drugs shouldn't be used to gloss over the both specific and hence assorted advancements in East Asia. each one paper deals a massive contribution to realizing the dynamics of East Asian drugs, specifically, the connection among scientific texts, clinical perform, and practitioner id. additionally, the essays during this quantity are particularly useful for steering our realization to the move of clinical texts among diverse polities and cultures of early smooth East Asia, in particular China and Japan. Of specific curiosity are the interactions, similarities, and transformations among scientific thinkers throughout East Asia.
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Extra info for Antiquarianism, Language, and Medical Philology: From Early Modern to Modern Sino-Japanese Medical Discourses
This was a radically new environment that experienced democratization of medical knowledge in the form of increased access to printed medical books and contemporary works. Thus, knowledge that traditionally was transmitted only within family lineages or master-disciple lines became available to a much wider audience. Xu’s three books discussing Cold Damage disorders complement each other while serving different purposes and form a trilogy of books that were probably intended to be read together.
I was anguished by the thought that there was not a single good doctor in our village [who could help them]. I and my mother and then I alone waited powerless for the [inevitable] end. When I grew up, I painstakingly read all available formularies [I could find]. I swore wholeheartedly to devote my life to saving all living beings. Amid the murk there seems to have been something that guided me as the years went by. Now I am old and have already collected an extensive number of proven formulas.
The next stage involved the promulgation of the newly available texts and the assimilation process within the rank and file of doctors. This final stage is more problematic, especially when the newly available texts are circulated in their original, archaic language. In this situation, scholars or physicians first needed to rewrite the archaic knowledge in a more accessible form, using contemporary vocabulary to explain the ancient doctrines, and then, in the case of medicine, they needed to provide clinical examples.
Antiquarianism, Language, and Medical Philology: From Early Modern to Modern Sino-Japanese Medical Discourses by Benjamin Elman