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January 18, 2011

Winter 2011 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Miranda Brown


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Miranda Brown, Associate Professor of Early Chinese History and Culture, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, University of Michigan

"The Ills that Do Not Ail": Reflections on the Political Origins of Medical Prophylaxis in China

January 25, 2011
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

The Chinese medical tradition has long been known for its emphasis on prophylaxis, an emphasis seen in calls for physicians to treat asymptomatic illnesses or “ills that do not ail.” In this presentation, I attempt to trace the history of this key concept, which is first found in classics of statecraft of the third century BC – some three centuries before its appearance in medical texts. Through these methods of inquiry, I show that the Han medical tradition (206 BC-AD 200) was indebted to earlier masters of statecraft, who provided medical thinkers with a useful framework and idiom for conceptualizing illness.

Professor Brown has taught early Chinese history and culture in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures since 2002. She is the author of The Politics of Mourning in Early China (Albany: SUNY 2007), and is currently working on a book entitled “The Many Faces of Early Chinese Medicine.”

Posted by zzhu at January 18, 2011 01:42 PM