Flourishing Yin Gender in China's Medical History, 960-1665

ISBN-10: 0520208293
ISBN-13: 9780520208292
Edition: 1999
Authors: Charlotte Furth
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Book details

List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 3/5/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 372
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

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.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Medical History, Gender, and the Body
The Yellow Emperor's Body
The Development of Fuke in the Song Dynasty
Gestation and Birth in Song Medicine
Rethinking Fuke in the Ming Dynasty
To Benefit Yin: Fuke and Late Ming Medical Culture
"Nourishing Life": Ming Bodies of Generation and Longevity
A Doctor's Practice: Narratives of the Clinical Encounter in Late Ming Yangzhou
In and Out of the Family: Ming Women as Healing Experts
Conclusion
Bibliography
Character Glossary
Index

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