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Judith Farquhar, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago
China's Many Medicines
Since the middle of the 20th century, China has been unique among modern nation-states in its official support for traditional medicine. Even while a comprehensive national system of modern Western-style medical care was built in the 1950s and 1960s, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) developed its own hospitals, schools, scientific research programs, and a huge profession of specialists. TCM is flourishing in China today, yet it is radically different from the medicine to which we are accustomed in the US. This presentation will first orient us to the particular charms of TCM, and then it will introduce some new diversities in the medical landscape of China: ethnic minority medical systems. Reporting on research among folk healers and ethnic scholars in the southern mountains of China, the emphasis in this talk is on surprising differences: China is not only multicultural, it is also multimedical.
Part of the ExplorAsian Program
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