A Flourishing Yin : Gender in China's Medical History: 960 1665

A Flourishing Yin : Gender in China's Medical History: 960 1665

Details

Author(s)
Charlotte Furth
Format
Hardback | 343 pages
Dimensions
152.4 x 226.06 x 27.94mm | 771.1g
Publication date
01 Mar 1999
Publisher
University of California Press
Publication City/Country
Berkerley, United States
Language
English
Illustrations note
20 halftones; 5 musical examples
ISBN10
0520208285
ISBN13
9780520208285

Description

This is a study of gender in Chinese medicine, contextualizing it within Chinese history. The book examines the rich tradition of "fuke", or medicine for women, over the 700 years between the Song and the end of the Ming dynasty. Using a variety of sources, the book explores evolving understandings of fertility and menstruation, gestation and childbirth, sexuality and gynaecological disorders. The author 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. The text explores how women as healers and as patients both participated in the dominant medical culture and sheltered a female sphere of expertise centred on, but not limited to, gestation and birth. The analysis of the relationship of language, text and practice reaches beyond the immediate subject to address theoretical problems that arise when we look at the epistemological foundations of our knowledge of the body and its history.


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