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Science and Civilisation in China Chinese Medicine by Joseph Needham

Science and Civilisation in China Chinese Medicine by Joseph Needham

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Joseph Needham went from his early work in embryology and morphogenesis to his magnum opus in sinology. One of many volumes in the series.
Joseph Needham went from his early work in embryology and morphogenesis to his magnum opus in sinology. One of many volumes in the series.

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SCIENCE AND CIVILISATIONIN CHINA
The subject of discourse, briefly put, is the free travel and inward and out-ward movement of the divine
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Chinese medicine heals in a world of unceasing transformation. This con-dition of constant change, this fluidity of material forms, stands in sharpcontrast to a (modern Western) commonsense world of discrete entitiescharacterized by fixed essences, which seem to be exhaustively describablein structural terms . . . In the early Chinese sciences, by contrast, wheregeneration and transformation are intrinsic to existence, fixity and stasisoccur only as a result of concerted action and therefore demand explanation;motion and change are a given and seldom need be explained with referenceto their causes. One consequence of this dynamic bias in Chinese medicineis that the body and its organs (i.e., anatomical structure) appear as merelycontingent effects or by-products of physiological processes.J
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