The relationship between society and medicine in ancient China is a booming academic field. Fan Ka Wai points to the temporary national Medical Books Revision Bureau 校正醫書局 (jiaozheng yishu ju, from 1057 to 1077) during the Northern Song to discuss the interaction between the government and medicine. The Northern Song was a high point in the history of Chinese medicine, a period when the imperial government made great efforts to promote medical developments. Many scholars explain these developments from the angle of renzheng 仁政 (benevolent governance). Fan's work, however, focuses on the Medical Books Revision Bureau, by which the imperial court facilitated an integration between Confucian knowledge and medical knowledge. The subject of this book is a special group of Confucian officials 儒臣 (ruchen) equipped with medical knowledge gained through education within the family and employed at...
Beisong jiaozheng yishu ju xintan: Yi guojia yu yixue wei zhongxin 北宋校正醫書局新探,以國家與醫學為中心 [A New Exploration on the Medical Books Revision Bureau of the Northern Song Dynasty]
Shenmi Song (宋神秘) is an assistant professor of history of science and technology at the School of Basic Medical Sciences at Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (上海中醫藥大學基礎醫學院). She received her doctoral degree in history of physics at Shanghai Jiao Tong University with research on the history of astronomy and astrology. As a predoctoral research fellow, she studied and worked at the Max-Planck Institute for the History of Science (2014–2015). Her main research interest is in the history of medicine, astrology, and astronomy.
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Shenmi Song 宋神秘; Beisong jiaozheng yishu ju xintan: Yi guojia yu yixue wei zhongxin 北宋校正醫書局新探,以國家與醫學為中心 [A New Exploration on the Medical Books Revision Bureau of the Northern Song Dynasty]. East Asian Science, Technology and Society 1 June 2016; 10 (2): 219–221. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/18752160-3483479
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