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Lecture 2

EAS396H1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Diastole, Chen Lifu, Ancient Greek Medicine

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Department
East Asian Studies
Course Code
EAS396H1
Professor
Wen- Ching Sung
Lecture
2

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EAS396Lecture 2
Chinese Medicine and Modernity
Youyou Tu won the Noble prize for anti-malaria drug and that comes from traditional Chinese
medicine
o some people says this winning is a victory of Chinese medicine and to demonstrate the
ethnicity but some Chinese practitioner says this way of scietizing Chinese medicine is
destroying Chinese medicine
o includes herb medicine, message therapy and acupuncture
Introduction:
Chinese in publican China debated on whether Chinese medicine was scientific and since then
Chiese hae trasfored Chiese ediie to ake it oder ad sietifi
Part 1: Multiples realities of the body
The Epressiveness of the Bod –Kuriyama
Chinese vs. Greek medicine
Chinese medicine: What separates the living from the dead?
o vitality
o they try to understand the living body from the angle of vitality but not by the touchable
organs
o exercise promoted relates to the cultivation of vitality
e.g., tai chi
o pushing hands: can push away the person without touching them
o body that Chinese medicine depicts is about circulation of vitality of the body
The differences between Chinese and Greek medicine traditions had taken shape by the turn of
the 2nd and 3rd centuries
Muscular body appeared in the work of the Greek doctor Galen
Han Dynasty, acupuncture appeared in Huangdi Neijing, Nanjing
io ediie does’t address the itality of the ody
how you perceive and represent the body depends on the concept you have
The perception of the ody oe as uh to partiular uses of the seses as to partiular ay
of thikig
the distances between two body representations are perceptual as well as theoretical
The body is subjectively experienced within
different ways of touching and seeing the body are bound up with different ways of being
bodies
o e.g., Margaret Lok’s ook o eopause, Encounter with Aging
o she said NA women experience menopause different than Japanese women
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