Illness as an experience, not as an entity.

 

"The prevailing biomedical model, inherited from the anatomical and bacteriological investigations of the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries, treats diseases as entities. From this perspective, diseases can be considered separately from the individual people in whom they manifest; a disease such as syphilis is thought to have a single cause, to express itself in a universally recognizable way, and to be treatable by a standard regimen. But Chinese doctors, as is clear from the early medical literature, approached illness as an experience, not an entity. And an experience, unlike an entity, could have many different causes and appropriate treatments. Its expression was not universal but depended on the individual patient’s circumstances."

 

- Hilary A. Smith, Professor of History at University of Denver

 

 

Taken from her paper "Understanding the jiaoqi Experience: The Medical Approach to Illness in Seventh-century China".

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Please reload

Recent Posts

October 10, 2019

Please reload

Archive
Please reload

  • alignable-icon
  • White LinkedIn Icon
  • White Yelp Icon
  • White Google+ Icon
  • White Facebook Icon
  • White Twitter Icon

Your contact information will not be sold or shared and you may opt out of emails at any time.

©2019 by Abundant Heaven Traditional Chinese Medicine.