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Extra info for Acupuncture, Expertise and Cross-Cultural Medicine
The document opened with a starkly critical assessment of Chinese expertise: The state of physic, both as a science and as a profession is extremely low in China; as a science, indeed, it can hardly be said to exist among them . . They are totally ignorant of the anatomy and physiology of the human body, which is never dissected in China; nor do they seem to have any idea that such knowledge could be of any use to them in the treatment and cure of diseases. Their pathology and therapeutics must of course be extremely deficient and are for the most part erroneous.
T]he disease continued in its usual course: but this, from the authority and information of his pulses, was entirely owing to the obstinacy of the vapour . . 42 In this passage, Staunton was ostensibly describing the specific practice and rationale followed by the Chinese physicians. He also conveyed the far more damaging impression that they diagnosed Ho-Shen according to their dogmas about the pulse rather than observation: `After a full examination of the Colao's pulses, they had early decided .
70 Staunton replaced the original statement's tone of puzzlement with a humble admission of superior western rationality. Ideas, and especially ideas about technology, science and medicine, were to be exported from 38 Acupuncture, Expertise and Cross-Cultural Medicine Europe; their appreciation abroad was a mark of potential. Ho-Shen was portrayed throughout as an exceptional Chinese, precisely because he appeared more open to western ideas (and of course British trade) than his counterparts. Anderson and Eades ± perceptions of China below the salt Given both modern insights into the cultural specificity of medicine and the hostile reactions of the Embassy's `Gentlemen' to Chinese expertise, it is the more surprising to read Aeneas Anderson's report of a medical encounter very similar to the Barrow case.
Acupuncture, Expertise and Cross-Cultural Medicine by Roberta E. Bivins (auth.)