Chinese medicine in action: on the postcoloniality of medical practice in China

Karchmer, E.I. 2010. Chinese medicine in action: on the postcoloniality of medical practice in China. Medical Anthropology. 29 (3), pp. 226-252.

TitleChinese medicine in action: on the postcoloniality of medical practice in China
AuthorsKarchmer, E.I.
Abstract

Since the early twentieth century, there has been strong opposition to Chinese medicine within Chinese society. Critics have attacked Chinese medicine as unscientific and a hindrance to the development of the nation. I argue that doctors of Chinese medicine have responded to this charge by developing a "postcolonial" form of medicine that is based on the celebrated methodology of "pattern recognition and treatment determination bianzheng lunzhi [image omitted]." I show that bianzheng lunzhi plays two contradictory roles in everyday clinical practice, distinguishing the uniqueness of Chinese medicine from biomedicine while providing a technology for integrating these two medical practices. Through the close examination of a typical medical case, I show how these dual processes of purification and hybridization have become the central dynamic in the postcolonial transformation of Chinese medicine.

JournalMedical Anthropology
Journal citation29 (3), pp. 226-252
ISSN0145-9740
YearJul 2010
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/01459740.2010.488665
Publication dates
PublishedJul 2010

Related outputs

History of Chinese medicine, 1890 - 2010
Scheid, V. and Karchmer, E.I. 2016. History of Chinese medicine, 1890 - 2010. in: Modern Chinese Religion II: 1850-2015, Vol. 1 Leiden Brill. pp. 141-196

Permalink - https://westminsterresearch.westminster.ac.uk/item/90252/chinese-medicine-in-action-on-the-postcoloniality-of-medical-practice-in-china


Share this
Tweet
Email