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.
Chinese Traditional Healing (3 vols)
The Berlin Collections of Manuscript Volumes from the 16th through the Early 20th Century
Paul U. Unschuld, Charité Universitäts-medizin Berlin and Zheng Jinsheng, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing
Housni Alkhateeb Shehada
In Mamluks and Animals: Veterinary Medicine in Medieval Islam Housni Alkhateeb Shehada offers the first comprehensive study of veterinary medicine, its practitioners and its patients in the medieval Islamic world, with special emphasis on the Mamluk period (1250-1517).
Paul D. Buell and Eugene N. Anderson. With an appendix by Charles Perry.
Leigh Chipman, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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Efraim Lev and Zohar Amar
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Translated, Edited, and with an Introduction by Gary Leiser and Noury Al-Khaledy
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Kenneth G. Zysk
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