Currents of Tradition in Chinese Medicine 1626 2006 eBook

In 1626 a young man named Fei Shangyou moved his family to Menghe a small town in the Yangzi delta of China According to family legend he abandoned his career as a scholar and began working as a physician In doing so he founded a medical lineage that continues to the present day This book describes the development flourishing and decline of this lineage and its many branches as well as that of the other medical lineages and families with which it merged over time to form the current of Menghe learning Menghe xuepai This current and its offshoots produced some of the most influential physicians in the Chinese medical tradition during the 19th and 20th centuries Menghe physicians their disciples and students treated emperors imperial mandarins Nationalist Party generals leading figures in the Communist Party affluent businessmen and influential artists In late imperial China Menghe medicine was a self conscious attempt to unite diverse strands of medical learning into one integrated tradition centered on ancient principles of practice In Republican Shanghai Menghe physicians and their students were at the forefront of medical modernization establishing schools professional associations and journals that became models for others to follow During the 1950s and 1960s the heirs of Menghe medicine were key players in creating the institutional framework for contemporary Chinese medicine Their students are now practicing all over the world shaping Chinese medicine in Los Angeles New York Oxford Mallorca and Berlin The history of the Menghe current is relevant to anyone interested in the development of Chinese medicine in late imperial and modern China This book traces Chinese medical history along the currents created by generations of physicians linked to each other by a shared heritage of learning by descent and kinship by sentiments of native place as well as nationalist fervor by personal riv

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