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FEL-257723-18
The Healer's Body as a Form of Technology in Traditional Chinese Medicine
Marta Hanson, Johns Hopkins University

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“From Under the Elbow to Pointing to the Palm: Chinese Metaphors for Learning Medicine by the Book (4th-14th Centuries),” (Article)
Title: “From Under the Elbow to Pointing to the Palm: Chinese Metaphors for Learning Medicine by the Book (4th-14th Centuries),”
Author: Marta Hanson
Abstract: This article focuses on transformations in the main metaphors in ancient to late medieval titles of Chinese medical books used to convey to potential readers their ‘learning-by-the-book’ contents. It finds that in contrast to the European preference for hand metaphors in the genre terms – enchiridions, manuals, and handbooks – the Chinese medical archive preserves bodily metaphors within which the hand metaphor appears only rarely in the early medieval period and is then superseded by metaphors that rely on the fingers and palms more than the hands per se. This long-durée survey from roughly the fourth to fourteenth centuries of the wide-ranging metaphors for ‘handy medical books’ places their historical emergence and transformation within the history of Chinese medical manuscripts and printed texts. Metaphors in medical titles conveyed to potential readers at the time significant textual innovations in how medical knowledge would be presented to them. For later historians, they provide evidence of profound changes in managing an increasingly complex and expanding archive of Chinese medical manuscripts and printed texts. Innovations in textual reorganization intended to facilitate ‘learning by the book’ were often creatively captured in an illuminating range of genre distinctions, descriptors, and metaphors.
Year: 2020
Primary URL: https://www.bshs.org.uk/publications/bjhs
Access Model: open acceess
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: British Journal for the History of Science: Theme
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

‘From under the elbow to pointing to the palm: Chinese metaphors for learning medicine by the book (4th-14th centuries)’ (Article)
Title: ‘From under the elbow to pointing to the palm: Chinese metaphors for learning medicine by the book (4th-14th centuries)’
Author: Marta Hanson
Abstract: This article focuses on transformations in the main metaphors in ancient to late medieval titles of Chinese medical books used to convey to potential readers their ‘learning-by-the-book’ contents. It finds that in contrast to the European preference for hand metaphors in the genre terms – enchiridions, manuals, and handbooks – the Chinese medical archive preserves bodily metaphors within which the hand metaphor appears only rarely in the early medieval period and is then superseded by metaphors that rely on the fingers and palms more than the hands per se. This long-durée survey from roughly the fourth to fourteenth centuries of the wide-ranging metaphors for ‘handy medical books’ places their historical emergence and transformation within the history of Chinese medical manuscripts and printed texts. Metaphors in medical titles conveyed to potential readers at the time significant textual innovations in how medical knowledge would be presented to them. For later historians, they provide evidence of profound changes in managing an increasingly complex and expanding archive of Chinese medical manuscripts and printed texts. Innovations in textual reorganization intended to facilitate ‘learning by the book’ were often creatively captured in an illuminating range of genre distinctions, descriptors, and metaphors.
Year: 2020
Primary URL: https://www.bshs.org.uk/publications/bjhs
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: British Journal for the History of Science: Theme
Publisher: Cambridge University Press


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