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Needham Research Institute Series


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Joseph Needham's 'Science and Civilisation' series began publication in the 1950s. At first, it was seen as a piece of brilliant but isolated pioneering. However, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, it is clear that Needham's work has succeeded in creating a vibrant new intellectual field in the West. The books in this series cover topics relating broadly to the practice of science, technology and medicine in East Asia, including China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. The emphasis is on traditional forms of knowledge and practice, but without excluding modern studies which connect the topics with their historical and cultural context.

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The Chinese Astronomical Bureau, 1620–1850 Lineages, Bureaucracy and Technical Expertise

The Chinese Astronomical Bureau, 1620–1850: Lineages, Bureaucracy and Technical Expertise

1st Edition

By Ping-Ying Chang
October 07, 2022

This book offers a new insight into one of the most interesting and long-lived institutions known to historians of science, the Chinese imperial Astronomical Bureau, which for two millennia observed, recorded, interpreted and predicted the movements of the celestial bodies. Utilising archival ...

Asian Medical Industries Contemporary Perspectives on Traditional Pharmaceuticals

Asian Medical Industries: Contemporary Perspectives on Traditional Pharmaceuticals

1st Edition

Edited By Stephan Kloos, Calum Blaikie
March 01, 2022

This book develops the concept of Asian Medical Industries as a novel perspective on traditional Asian medicines. Complementing and updating existing work in this field, the book provides a critical and comparative analytic framework for understanding Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, Sowa Rigpa, and ...

The Politics of Chinese Medicine Under Mongol Rule

The Politics of Chinese Medicine Under Mongol Rule

1st Edition

By Reiko Shinno
May 25, 2017

Under the rule of the descendants of Chinggis Khan (1167-1227), China saw the development of a new culture in which medical practice came to be considered a highly respected occupation for elite men. During this period, further major steps were also taken towards the codification of medical ...

Reviving Ancient Chinese Mathematics Mathematics, History and Politics in the Work of Wu Wen-Tsun

Reviving Ancient Chinese Mathematics: Mathematics, History and Politics in the Work of Wu Wen-Tsun

1st Edition

By Jiri Hudecek
May 24, 2017

Twentieth-century China has been caught between a desire to increase its wealth and power in line with other advanced nations, which, by implication, means copying their institutions, practices and values, whilst simultaneously seeking to preserve China’s independence and historically formed ...

Rice, Agriculture, and the Food Supply in Premodern Japan

Rice, Agriculture, and the Food Supply in Premodern Japan

1st Edition

By Charlotte Verschuer, Wendy Cobcroft
May 24, 2017

The majority of studies on the agricultural history of Japan have focused on the public administration of land and production, and rice, the principal source of revenue, has received the most attention. However, while this cereal has clearly played a decisive role in the public economy of the ...

Celestial Lancets A History and Rationale of Acupuncture and Moxa

Celestial Lancets: A History and Rationale of Acupuncture and Moxa

1st Edition

By Gwei-Djen Lu, Joseph Needham
October 25, 2002

Using modern knowledge to shed light on ancient techniques, this text examines two of the earliest therapeutic techniques of Chinese medicine: acupuncture and moxibustion. Acupuncture is the implantation of very thin needles into subcutaneous connective tissue and muscle at a great number of ...

A Chinese Physician Wang Ji and the Stone Mountain Medical Case Histories

A Chinese Physician: Wang Ji and the Stone Mountain Medical Case Histories

1st Edition

By Joanna Grant
September 11, 2014

A Chinese Physician is the portrait of a 16th century medical writer and clinical practitioner. Drawing on socio-economic/biographic, textual, and gender analysis along side a variety of sources, from hagiographical biographies to medical case histories, the book tells three very different but ...

Chinese Mathematical Astrology Reaching Out to the Stars

Chinese Mathematical Astrology: Reaching Out to the Stars

1st Edition

By Ho Peng Yoke
October 23, 2013

Though there are a number of well-written works on Chinese divination, there are none that deal with the three sophisticated devices that were employed by the Chinese Astronomical Bureau in the eleventh century and for hundreds of years thereafter. Chinese experts applied the methods associated ...

Speaking of Epidemics in Chinese Medicine Disease and the Geographic Imagination in Late Imperial China

Speaking of Epidemics in Chinese Medicine: Disease and the Geographic Imagination in Late Imperial China

1st Edition

By Marta Hanson
January 29, 2013

This book traces the history of the Chinese concept of "Warm diseases" (wenbing) from antiquity to the SARS epidemic. Following wenbing from its birth to maturity and even life in modern times Marta Hanson approaches the history of Chinese medicine from a new angle. She explores the possibility of ...

Tibetan Medicine in the Contemporary World Global Politics of Medical Knowledge and Practice

Tibetan Medicine in the Contemporary World: Global Politics of Medical Knowledge and Practice

1st Edition

Edited By Laurent Pordié
June 22, 2011

The popularity of Tibetan medicine plays a central role in the international market for alternative medicine and has been increasing and extending far beyond its original cultural area becoming a global phenomenon. This book analyses Tibetan medicine in the 21st century by considering the ...

Chinese Medicine in Early Communist China, 1945-1963 A Medicine of Revolution

Chinese Medicine in Early Communist China, 1945-1963: A Medicine of Revolution

1st Edition

By Kim Taylor
November 25, 2011

Using original sources, this significant text looks at the transformation of Chinese medicine from a marginal, side-lined medical practice of the early twentieth century, to an essential and high-profile part of the national health-care system under the Chinese Communist Party. The political, ...

Explorations in Daoism Medicine and Alchemy in Literature

Explorations in Daoism: Medicine and Alchemy in Literature

1st Edition

By Ho Peng Yoke
July 08, 2011

The Daoist canon is the definitive fifteenth century compilation of texts concerning ritual, alchemical and meditation practices within Daoist religion. Many of these texts are undated and anonymous, so dating them is essential for a clear understanding of the development of Chinese alchemy, and ...

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