Médecine, Religion et Société dans la Chine médiévale, edited by Catherine Despeux, professor at the Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales in Paris and an internationally recognized scholar-specialist of Chinese medicine, is the fruit of an international collaboration that brought together the most eminent scholars in the field of Chinese medical history from France, Germany, England, the United States, and China. This three-volume book is based on an analysis of a corpus of some one hundred manuscripts from Dunhuang, Khotan, and Turfan in western China. The Dunhuang manuscripts, which constitute the largest part of the corpus examined and are also the most available thus far, had been walled up at the beginning of the eleventh century in a Buddhist monastery and were only discovered at the beginning of the twentieth century. The manuscripts from Turfan and Khotan were mostly discovered in...

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