Needles, Herbs, Gods, and Ghosts: China, Healing, and the West to 1848

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When did the West discover Chinese healing traditions? Most people might point to the "rediscovery" of Chinese acupuncture in the 1970s. In "Needles, Herbs, Gods, and Ghosts," Linda Barnes leads us back, instead, to the thirteenth century to uncover the story of the West's earliest known encounters with Chinese understandings of illness and healing. As Westerners struggled to understand new peoples unfamiliar to them, how did they make sense of equally unfamiliar concepts and practices of healing? Barnes traces this story ...

Needles, Herbs, Gods, and Ghosts: China, Healing, and the West to 1848 2005, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA

ISBN-13: 9780674018723

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