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Dr. Martha Selby, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Spring 2008

ANS 361 • History of Chinese Medicine-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
31130 W
4:00 PM-7:00 PM
GAR 1.122

Course Description

This course adopts an interdisciplinary approach--drawing on cultural history, anthropology, gender studies, and philosophy--to the study of Chinese medicine analyzed in its intellectual, social, and cultural context. The course will emphasize the following components: (i) reading primary texts (in translation); (ii) a historical overview of the development of Chinese medicine; (iii) examining different methodological approaches; and (iv) critically assessing contemporary debates over Chinese medicine. The course is designed for students interested in the history, sociology, and anthropology of medicine, East Asian studies, and studies of 'non-Western' cultures. All primary sources are available in English translation. No knowledge of Chinese or Chinese history is required for the course. The course syllabus will be available at:


All required readings will be available through PCL reserves and electronic reserves, Readings will include selections from the following: (1) Primary historical documents (in translation): Mawangdui medical treatises; Inner Canon of the Yellow Emperor (Huang di nei jing); Classic of Difficult Issues (Nan-jing); Essential Subtleties on the Silver Sea (Yin-hai jing-wei); Modern treatises on Chinese medicine. (2) Secondary historical research: Paul U. Unschuld, Medicine in China: A History of Ideas (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1985); Francesca Bray, Technology and Gender: Fabrics of Power in Late Imperial China (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997); Charlotte Furth, A Flourishing Yin: Gender in China's Medical History, 960-1665 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999); Judith Farquhar, Knowing Practice: The Clinical Encounter of Chinese Medicine, Studies in the Ethnographic Imagination (Boulder: Westview Press, 1994). (3) Modern medical research: Articles from the New England Journal of Medicine and Journal of the American Medical Association.


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