A Chinese Physician: Wang Ji and the Stone Mountain Medical by Joanna Grant

By Joanna Grant

A chinese language health professional is the portrait of a sixteenth century clinical author and medical practitioner. Drawing on socio-economic/biographic, textual, and gender research together with a number of assets, from hagiographical biographies to clinical case histories, the booklet tells 3 very varied yet complementary tales approximately what it was once to education drugs in sixteenth century China. Woven jointly, those tales mix to create a multi-dimensional portrayal that brings to lifestyles the very human studies, frustrations and aspirations of a good revered and influential health practitioner who struggled to win recognize from fellow practitioners and loyalty from sufferers. The booklet creates a colourful and vibrant photo of latest clinical perform and while deepens our realizing of the interrelationship among gender tradition and drugs.

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Secondly, despite the scarcity of agricultural land, the area was extremely rich in natural resources such as timber, paper, tea, ink, cotton, clay and silk which could be traded for grain or silver in other provinces. 40 Finally, the early sixteenth century saw land taxes in Huizhou increase dramatically. 42 Huizhou merchants were renowned throughout China, 23 MEDICAL CULTURE AND CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY and as well as trading in local produce such as timber, paper, ink, books, tea, silk and porcelain, they were extensively involved in salt, grain and fish.

The past can never be wholly reconstructed, but aspects of it can be recaptured. The same can be said about the present, and observers, historical subjects or historians can only offer an interpretation of the world they are experiencing or studying. As for which method to take, utility has to be one of the driving forces, and the methods I have chosen serve my purposes with respect to what it was I wanted to find out. I hope through their cautious and informed use to provide some illuminating insights into Wang Ji and his sixteenth-century medical practice.

During the Zhengde and Jiajing periods there was an increase in the use of silver as a medium of exchange, partly due to imports from Japan, the Philippines and Europe, as well as government attempts to make taxes payable in silver. As a result, silver became the main unit of currency in the lower Yangzi valley, and this in turn promoted commercialization of the economy, which was accompanied by an expansion in interregional trading, and extensive growth in both industrial and agricultural commerce.

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