Knowing Practice: The Clinical Encounter of Chinese Medicine

Knowing Practice: The Clinical Encounter of Chinese Medicine

By: Judith Farquhar (author)Paperback

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This book examines the theory and practice of traditional medicine in modern China. Farquhar describes the logic of diagnosis and treatment from the inside perspective of doctors and scholars. She demonstrates how theoretical and textual materials interweave with the practical requirements of the clinic. By showing how Chinese medical choices are made, she considers problems of agency in relation to different forms of knowledge. Knowing Practice will be of value not only to anthropologists interested in medical practice but also to historians and sociologists interested in the social life of technical expertise and traditional teachings.

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Judith Farquhar is associate professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


* Introduction: We Take Practice to Be Our Guide * Chinese Medicine as Institutional Object and Historical Moment * Preliminary Orientations: Sources and Manifestations, Unity and Multiplicity * The Clinical Encounter Observed * Description and Analysis in Kanbing * The Syndrome-Therapy Pivot * Remanifesting the Syndrome and Qualifying the Therapy: Formulary and Materia Medica * Classification, Specificity, History, and Action: An Overview of the Clinical Encounter * Conclusion

Product Details

  • publication date: 16/02/1996
  • ISBN13: 9780813330167
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 260
  • ID: 9780813330167
  • weight: 411
  • ISBN10: 0813330165

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