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By Joanna Grant

A chinese language medical professional is the portrait of a sixteenth century clinical author and medical practitioner. Drawing on socio-economic/biographic, textual, and gender research together with numerous assets, from hagiographical biographies to scientific case histories, the booklet tells 3 very assorted yet complementary tales approximately what it used to be to training drugs in sixteenth century China. Woven jointly, those tales mix to create a multi-dimensional portrayal that brings to existence the very human stories, frustrations and aspirations of a good revered and influential doctor who struggled to win appreciate from fellow practitioners and loyalty from sufferers. The e-book creates a colourful and vibrant photograph of latest clinical perform and whilst deepens our realizing of the interrelationship among gender tradition and medication.

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His biographer, Li Xun, describes him in a similar fashion, emphasizing his tranquil and sincere nature, his simplicity in dress and diet, and restraint in all areas, with the exception of his extraordinary generosity in matters of 40 MEDICAL CULTURE AND CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY moral duty. Two examples are given to illustrate this generosity. Firstly, we are told that his younger brother, Wang Gui, died at sea and his son was sent to collect the coffin and return with the body. This task proved both arduous and costly, and as a result the son would have lost everything had Wang Ji not helped him financially or encouraged others to contribute as well.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, the other main trend was towards comprehensiveness, with a range of encyclopaedias, printed collections (congshu ) and reference works arranged by category (leishu ) being published. Both of these trends represent the changing mechanism by which medical knowledge was transmitted, with the emergence of a new audience who gained their learning from books, be they aspiring scholars or simply enthusiastic amateurs. Book collectors were also influential regarding the types of book published, and were often responsible for ensuring the republication and circulation of earlier texts, such as the reprinting of the Tang dynasty classic Waitai miyao !

83 This inaugural meeting was also attended by another Qimen physician, Wang Chen . 84 She county produced more physicians of note than any other in Anhui. The best known of these were Jiang Guan (1503–65) and his son Jiang Yingsu who compiled the first collection of medical case histories, the Mingyi lei’an ! [‘Cases of famous physicians arranged by category’]. 86 Medical knowledge was commonly passed 30 MEDICAL CULTURE AND CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY down through families in this way, and She county had a number of families of hereditary physicians.

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