Acupuncture, Expertise and Cross-Cultural Medicine

Hardcover | November 24, 2000

byR. Bivins

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In 1825, an English Earl, crippled with pain and despairing of his usual physicians, invited a young and unconventional doctor into his home. Days later, the Earl was relieved, and the doctor rich. To celebrate his remarkable recovery, the nobleman re-named his favorite racehorse to honor the technique that cured him: "acupuncture." In an engaging account, Roberta Bivins vivifies the characters, texts, and events of acupuncture's (often surprising) 300 year history in Britain, and begins to explain acupuncture's enduring appeal.

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In 1825, an English Earl, crippled with pain and despairing of his usual physicians, invited a young and unconventional doctor into his home. Days later, the Earl was relieved, and the doctor rich. To celebrate his remarkable recovery, the nobleman re-named his favorite racehorse to honor the technique that cured him: "acupuncture." In...

Roberta E. Bivins is Wellcome Research Fellow, University of Manchester.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:277 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.04 inPublished:November 24, 2000Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0333918932

ISBN - 13:9780333918937

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Introduction: Cultural Specificity and the Cross-cultural Transmission of Expert Knowledge * Expectations and Expertise: Early British Responses to Chinese Medicine and Technology * The Needle Transfixed: Ten Rhyne, Kaempfer and the European Gaze * Sharpening the Needle: British Interpretations of Acupuncture, 1802-1830 * Networks and Innovations: The Persistence of British Acupuncture, 1828-1890 * Conclusions: Continuities in Cross-Cultural Medicine