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By Joanna Grant

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A chinese language health practitioner is the portrait of a sixteenth century clinical author and medical practitioner. Drawing on socio-economic/biographic, textual, and gender research at the side of various resources, from hagiographical biographies to clinical case histories, the ebook tells 3 very diverse yet complementary tales approximately what it used to be to instruction drugs in sixteenth century China. Woven jointly, those tales mix to create a multi-dimensional portrayal that brings to lifestyles the very human reports, frustrations and aspirations of a good revered and influential health care professional who struggled to win admire from fellow practitioners and loyalty from sufferers. The e-book creates a colourful and vibrant photo of latest scientific perform and whilst deepens our figuring out of the interrelationship among gender tradition and drugs.

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Given that the two men were contemporaries, Chen Jiamou’s work was obviously circulating during his lifetime. 111 We also know that Wang Ji was aware of the written work of at least four of his contemporaries from other provinces, Xue Ji (1486–1558) and Wang Lun (1453– 1510) both from Zhejiang, Han Mao (fl. 1522) from Sichuan, and Wei Guiyan (fl. 1525) from Jiangsu, as their works were very influential on his own writings and theories. This awareness of other physicians is also demonstrated in writings such as Xu Chunfu’s Gujin yitong daquan which is not only a comprehensive theoretical work but has a section devoted to biographies of famous physicians, including Wang Ji.

Firstly, we are told that his younger brother, Wang Gui, died at sea and his son was sent to collect the coffin and return with the body. This task proved both arduous and costly, and as a result the son would have lost everything had Wang Ji not helped him financially or encouraged others to contribute as well. The other example concerns a temple for ancestor worship that the family wanted to build, but were having difficulty raising the large amount of money required. Wang Ji personally donated one-fifth of the cost and his example inspired others to do likewise so that in only four days the full amount had been collected.

110 Books became more accessible, and as a result physicians became more aware both of their heritage, through reprints of ancient classics, and of the work of their contemporaries, through the circulation of newly published texts. Thanks to the increased circulation of books by travelling merchants, texts were not just confined to the region in which they were published, so physicians from different regions had access to each other’s work. For example, as mentioned 34 MEDICAL CULTURE AND CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY above, Li Shizhen (1518–93) from Hubei commented on a materia medica compiled by Chen Jiamou (1486–1570).

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