The Making of Modern Chinese Medicine, 1850-1960

9780774824323: Hardback
Release Date: 1st April 2014

9780774824330: Paperback
Release Date: 31st January 2015

10 b&w photos, 2 line art, 2 maps, 2 tables

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 316

Series Contemporary Chinese Studies

UBC Press

The Making of Modern Chinese Medicine, 1850-1960

A history of the convergence of Western and Chinese medical practices in modern China.
Hardback / £64.00
Paperback / £21.99

Medical care in nineteenth-century China was spectacularly pluralistic: herbalists, shamans, bone-setters, midwives, priests, and a few medical missionaries from the West all competed for patients. This book examines the dichotomy between “Western” and “Chinese” medicine, showing how it has been greatly exaggerated. As missionaries went to lengths to make their medicine more acceptable to Chinese patients, modernizers of Chinese medicine worked to become more “scientific” by eradicating superstition and creating modern institutions. Andrews challenges the supposed superiority of Western medicine in China while showing how “traditional” Chinese medicine was deliberately created in the image of a modern scientific practice.

1 Modernities and Medicines

2 The Spectrum of Chinese Healing Practices

3 Missionary Medicine from the West

4 The Significance of Medical Reforms in Japan

5 Public Health and State-Building

6 Medical Lives

7 New Medical Institutions

8 From New Theories to New Practices

9 Conclusions: Medicine and Modernity with David L. Schwarzkopf

Notes; Bibliography; Index

Bridie Andrews is an associate professor of history at Bentley University and teaches history of medicine at the New England School of Acupuncture. She has co-edited two books, Western Medicine as Contested Knowledge (1997) and Medicine and Identity in the Colonies (2003).

The Making of Modern Chinese Medicine will capture the imagination of scholars in a number of key fields. Aside from contributing to our knowledge of Chinese history, it will provide historians of science and postcolonial studies with a new framework for thinking about the introduction of Western learning and culture in former colonies. Andrews’s book will become a classic in the field, discussed and debated for years to come.

Miranda Brown, author of The Politics of Mourning in Early China

This highly anticipated book will make an excellent teaching text in Chinese history and the history of science and medicine. Written in an accessible and delightfully jargon-free yet sophisticated manner, it should appeal to a broad academic readership.

Ari Larissa Heinrich, author of The Afterlife of Images: Translating the Pathological Body between China and the West

[The Making of Modern Chinese Medicine, 1850–1960] present[s] a number of astute insights that promise to remain authoritative in the field for years to come … Andrews’s discussion of the advent of scientific acupuncture provides a sorely needed historical explanation for its contemporary survival and popularity.

Howard Chiang
Journal of the History of Medicine

ICAS Book Prize, International Convention of Asia Scholars - 2015

Short-listed