A Flourishing Yin

A Flourishing Yin

Gender in China's Medical History, 960-1665

eBook - 1999
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University of California Press
"Highly original, and sophisticatedly and convincingly argued. This book is one of the best studies in any language of how Chinese medicine evolved intellectually and socially in the course of the imperial period."--Francesca Bray, author of Technology and Gender

This book brings the study of gender to Chinese medicine and in so doing contextualizes Chinese medicine in history. It examines the rich but neglected tradition offuke, or medicine for women, over the seven hundred years between the Song and the end of the Ming dynasty. Using medical classics, popular handbooks, case histories, andbelles lettres, it explores evolving understandings of fertility and menstruation, gestation and childbirth, sexuality, and gynecological disorders.

Furth locates medical practice in the home, where knowledge was not the monopoly of the learned physician and male doctors had to negotiate the class and gender boundaries of everyday life. Women as healers and as patients both participated in the dominant medical culture and sheltered a female sphere of expertise centered on, but not limited to, gestation and birth. Ultimately, her analysis of the relationship of language, text, and practice reaches beyond her immediate subject to address theoretical problems that arise when we look at the epistemological foundations of our knowledge of the body and its history.

Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1999
ISBN: 9780585234182
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiv, 355 pages) : illustrations


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