1st Edition

Medieval Chinese Medicine The Dunhuang Medical Manuscripts

By Christopher Cullen, Vivienne Lo Copyright 2005
    476 Pages 25 Color & 31 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    480 Pages 25 Color & 31 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In recent decades various versions of Chinese medicine have begun to be widely practised in Western countries, and the academic study of the subject is now well established. However, there are still few scholarly monographs that describe the history of Chinese medicine and there are none at all on the medieval period.

    This collection represents the kind of international collaboration of research teams, centres and individuals that is required to begin to study the source materials adequately. The first book in English to discuss this fascinating material in the century since the Dunhuang library was discovered, the text provides a unique and fascinating interpretation of Chinese medical history.

    1. The Dunhuang Collections and International Collaboration  2. Introduction  Part 1: The Manuscripts  3. Manuscripts as Sources in the History of Chinese Medicine  4. A General Survey of Medical Works contained in the Dunhuang Medical Manuscripts  5. Comments on the Problem of 'Transcription'  6. Han Bamboo and Wooden Medical Records discovered in Military Sites from the North Western Frontier Regions  Part 2: Divination, Iatromancy and Related Arts  7. Mantic Texts in their Cultural Context  8. Dunhuang Iatromantic Manuscripts: P.2856 V°and P.2675 R°  9. Love Charms among the Dunhuang Manuscripts  10. From Prognosis to Diagnosis of Illness in Tang China  Part 3: Self-Cultivation and the Popular Medical Traditions  11. Introductory Essay  12. Quick and Easy Chinese Medicine: The Dunhuang Moxibustion Charts  13. Art of the Bedchamber  14. Daoism and the Dunhuang Regimen Texts  Part 4: Pharmacology  15. The Dunhuang Manuscripts and Pharmacology in Mediaeval China  16. The Three juan Edition of Bencao Jizhu and Excavated Sources  17. Canonical Methods for Brews and Decoctions: A Lost Text Recorded in the Hanshu Bibliography  18. Wind Malady as Madness in Mediaeval China  19. A Treatment for Cardiovascular Dysfunction in a Dunhuang Medical Manuscript  Appendix 1: Materia Medica Abstracts of 73 manuscripts containing medical information held in the British Library and the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, Institute for Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St Petersburg and Ryukoku University Library


    Vivienne Lo researches and lectures on the early and medieval history of Asian medicine at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, University College London.
    Christopher Cullen is Director of the Needham Research Institute, Cambridge.

    'This book is among the few in English to tackle this eclectic period in Chinese History, and the only one to deal with Dunhuang medicine. For this reason alone, it is an invalueable contribution to the field.' -  Medical History, January 2007