By Charlotte Furth

This publication brings the examine of gender to chinese language medication and in so doing contextualizes chinese language medication in background. It examines the wealthy yet ignored culture of fuke, or drugs for girls, over the seven-hundred years among the tune and the tip of the Ming dynasty. utilizing scientific classics, well known handbooks, case histories, and belles lettres, it explores evolving understandings of fertility and menstruation, gestation and childbirth, sexuality, and gynecological disorders.

Furth locates clinical perform in the house, the place wisdom was once no longer the monopoly of the realized doctor and male medical professionals needed to negotiate the category and gender barriers of daily life. girls as healers and as sufferers either participated within the dominant scientific tradition and sheltered a feminine sphere of workmanship headquartered on, yet now not constrained to, gestation and start. eventually, her research of the connection of language, textual content, and perform reaches past her speedy topic to deal with theoretical difficulties that come up after we examine the epistemological foundations of our wisdom of the physique and its history.

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