A Chinese Physician: Wang Ji and the Stone Mountain Medical by Joanna Grant

By Joanna Grant

A chinese language healthcare professional is the portrait of a sixteenth century scientific author and scientific practitioner. Drawing on socio-economic/biographic, textual, and gender research along with various assets, from hagiographical biographies to clinical case histories, the publication tells 3 very various 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 medical professional who struggled to win admire from fellow practitioners and loyalty from sufferers. The booklet creates a colourful and vibrant photo of latest clinical perform and even as deepens our realizing of the interrelationship among gender tradition and drugs.

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Wang Ang has already been mentioned several times as the author of the Bencao beiyao, but he was also involved in publishing and connected with the Huanduzhai bookstore. 118 Alternatives to publishing by merchants included the publication of medical works by physicians. 120 A number of factors, including the general prosperity of the region, rising levels of literacy, and concerns about the accessibility of medical 36 MEDICAL CULTURE AND CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY knowledge therefore combined to create a vibrant and diverse range of medical publishing initiatives.

To what extent were these physicians aware of each other? Did they practise and write as individuals, or did they perceive themselves as part of a wider tradition? The evidence would suggest 33 MEDICAL CULTURE AND CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY that a number of cultural factors combined to create a body of physicians who were much more aware of each other, and of their shared heritage, than had previously been the case. In terms of direct contact between physicians, as before, there was a strong master–disciple relationship, but in contrast to the situation in previous times, the improved transport networks and increased regional contacts through trading links meant that the reputation of a physician spread further, and that disciples had greater access to their teaching.

The social mobility characteristic of the period meant that physicians came from a variety of backgrounds, and often had very different reasons for deciding to pursue a career in medicine. The increasing amount of contact between physicians, both in terms of direct contact resulting from improved transport networks and greater mobility, and in terms of indirect contact resulting from the boom in publishing and increased access to books, created an environment in which they were more aware of each other.

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