Needles, Herbs, Gods, and Ghosts: China, Healing, and the by Linda L. Barnes

By Linda L. Barnes

When did the West detect chinese language therapeutic traditions? most folk may aspect to the "rediscovery" of chinese language acupuncture within the Seventies. In Needles, Herbs, Gods, and Ghosts, Linda Barnes leads us again, as a substitute, to the 13th century to discover the tale of the West's earliest identified encounters with chinese language understandings of disorder and therapeutic. As Westerners struggled to appreciate new peoples unexpected to them, how did they make feel of both surprising thoughts and practices of therapeutic? Barnes lines this tale during the mid-nineteenth century, in either Europe and, finally, the USA. She has unearthed a variety of examples of Western missionaries, retailers, diplomats, and physicians in China, Europe, and the USA encountering and analyzing either chinese language humans and their therapeutic practices, and infrequently adopting their very own models of those practices.

A clinical anthropologist with a level in comparative faith, Barnes illuminates the way in which buildings of medication, faith, race, and the physique expert Westerners' figuring out of the chinese language and their therapeutic traditions.

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