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Science and Civilisation in China

Science and Civilisation in China

Volume 6. Biology and Biological Technology

Part 6. Medicine

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  • Date Published: April 2000
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521632621

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  • The latest volume in Joseph Needham's magisterial revelation of China's premodern scientific and technological traditions introduces medicine. Five essays are included by Joseph Needham and Lu Gwei-djen, edited and expanded upon by the editor, Nathan Sivin. The essays offer broad and readable accounts of medicine in culture, including hygiene and preventive medicine, forensic medicine and immunology. Professor Sivin's extensive introduction discusses these essays, placing them in their historical and medical context, and surveys recent medical discoveries from China, Japan, Europe and the United States.

    • Informative and authoritative volume on Chinese medical tradition, which combines history, a survey of recent discoveries and a comprehensive bibliography
    • A further contribution to the Needham Science and Civilization series
    • Editor is a well-known Chinese historian
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    "[An] astonishing and enduring study...[Needham brings] depth of emotion and technical finesse to his task."
    Jonathan Spence, New York Review of Books

    "Perhaps the greatest single act of historical synthesis and intercultural communication ever attempted by one man."
    Laurence Picken, Cambridge University

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    • Date Published: April 2000
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521632621
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 255 x 195 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.754kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    Editor's introduction
    a. Medicine in Chinese culture
    b. Hygiene and preventive medicine
    c. Qualifying examinations
    d. The origins of immunology
    e. Forensic medicine.

  • Author

    Joseph Needham

    Editor

    Nathan Sivin, University of Pennsylvania

    With

    Lu Gwei-Djen

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