2011-01-20 -- Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Unformatted text preview: Traditional Chinese Medicine January 20, 2011 History 393 Prof. November Non-Western Approaches to Life • Western concepts, going back to Greeks, dominate (“scientific”) understanding of life – “ You were born in Athens” • Other approaches have been marginalized in the US and Europe – They are still enormously influential worldwide The Chinese Example • What kind of society produced Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)? • Why was/is TCM so popular in Asia but not the West? • How does TCM differ from the traditions of Galen and Avicenna? Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) • Traditional Chinese Medicine – Norm in East Asia – “Alternative” in West • Practices based in Buddhism (and Hinduism), Taoism, Neo-Confucianism • Holistic approach to examining living systems China: The Center That Was • China has been the most advanced nation, technologically and scientifically for most of recorded history • China was surpassed by Europe only during the Renaissance (13 th and 14 th Centuries) China, Islam, and the West...
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This note was uploaded on 06/02/2011 for the course HIST 451 taught by Professor November during the Spring '11 term at South Carolina.

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