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Description - A Flourishing Yin by Charlotte Furth

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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520208292
ISBN-10: 0520208293
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Pages: 343
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 26-Feb-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Charlotte Furth

Charlotte Furth is Professor of History, University of Southern California, author of Ting Wen-chiang: Science and China's New Culture (1970), and editor of The Limits of Change: Essays on Conservative Alternatives in Republican China (1976).