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The History of Chinese Medicine: Now and Anon

The History of Chinese Medicine: Now and Anon Medical History T h e history of medicine took new directions late in the nineteenth century as physicians canvassed the past to map the march of medical progress. T h e Copyright by Cambridge University Press. Reprinted in revised form with permission. positions 6 : 3 Winter 1998 issue that engaged them was how their forebears had come to apply biological, chemical, and physical knowledge to clinical research and practice, giving medicine the cachet of modern science despite its undiminished responsibility to care for the sick and suffering. Medicine’s cachet did not begin recently. Researchers have traced the shared intellectual horizon of science and medicine ever farther backward, beyond William Harvey and his experimental, quantitative proof that the blood circulates, beyond the medieval professors of medicine who argued that what they taught was a scientia, beyond Galen’s trove of detailed observation and philosophic controversy, to the beginnings of systematic thought in the fifth century B.C. in Greece, when the Hippocratic physicians were as prominent as thephysikoi and hardly less insistent on rational argument.’ T h e history of medicine, when by 1960 it became a recognized discipline, was concerned with the accomplishments of doctors, primarily with their knowledge http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png positions asia critique Duke University Press

The History of Chinese Medicine: Now and Anon

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Duke University Press
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Copyright 1998 by Duke University Press
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1067-9847
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1527-8271
DOI
10.1215/10679847-6-3-731
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Medical History T h e history of medicine took new directions late in the nineteenth century as physicians canvassed the past to map the march of medical progress. T h e Copyright by Cambridge University Press. Reprinted in revised form with permission. positions 6 : 3 Winter 1998 issue that engaged them was how their forebears had come to apply biological, chemical, and physical knowledge to clinical research and practice, giving medicine the cachet of modern science despite its undiminished responsibility to care for the sick and suffering. Medicine’s cachet did not begin recently. Researchers have traced the shared intellectual horizon of science and medicine ever farther backward, beyond William Harvey and his experimental, quantitative proof that the blood circulates, beyond the medieval professors of medicine who argued that what they taught was a scientia, beyond Galen’s trove of detailed observation and philosophic controversy, to the beginnings of systematic thought in the fifth century B.C. in Greece, when the Hippocratic physicians were as prominent as thephysikoi and hardly less insistent on rational argument.’ T h e history of medicine, when by 1960 it became a recognized discipline, was concerned with the accomplishments of doctors, primarily with their knowledge

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