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Know Your Remedies: Pharmacy and Culture in Early Modern China

He Bian

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780691179049
eISBN:
9780691189048
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691179049.001.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

This book presents a panoramic inquiry into China’s early modern cultural transformation through the lens of pharmacy. In the history of science and civilization in China, pharmacy—as a commercial ... More


Epilogue

He Bian

in Know Your Remedies: Pharmacy and Culture in Early Modern China

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780691179049
eISBN:
9780691189048
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691179049.003.0008
Subject:
History, Asian History

This concluding chapter turns to developments in the bencao tradition after the fall of Qing China and considers the broader implications of this study on modern China. It asserts that while the ... More


Introduction

He Bian

in Know Your Remedies: Pharmacy and Culture in Early Modern China

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780691179049
eISBN:
9780691189048
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691179049.003.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

This introductory chapter explores the career of pharmaceutical objecthood in Chinese culture between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. It also provides a brief overview of how the scientific ... More


The Nature of Drugs

He Bian

in Know Your Remedies: Pharmacy and Culture in Early Modern China

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780691179049
eISBN:
9780691189048
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691179049.003.0004
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter zooms in on the early decades of the seventeenth century to examine the amateurization of bencao in certain literati circles. However, it is not only about subtle debates within the ... More


Virtuosity and Orthodoxy

He Bian

in Know Your Remedies: Pharmacy and Culture in Early Modern China

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780691179049
eISBN:
9780691189048
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691179049.003.0005
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter picks up the transformation of bencao in post-Conquest Jiangnan. It highlights the vocal critics of amateur authors and considers the ways in which the Qing state’s cultural policy over ... More


Eating Exotica

He Bian

in Know Your Remedies: Pharmacy and Culture in Early Modern China

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780691179049
eISBN:
9780691189048
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691179049.003.0007
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter considers the marginal literati authors whose knowledge of exotica drew from both official sources and the marketplace. It shows how Qing China entered the nineteenth century with not ... More


The Bencao gangmu and the World It Created

Federico Marcon

in The Knowledge of Nature and the Nature of Knowledge in Early Modern Japan

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780226251905
eISBN:
9780226252063
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226252063.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter introduces the early history of materia medica in China and Japan before the seventeenth century. It focuses in particular on Li Shizhen’s Bencao gangmu, which after its publication in ... More


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