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Book Chapter: Ancient Texts and New Medical Ideas in Eighteenth-Century Japan

TitleAncient Texts and New Medical Ideas in Eighteenth-Century Japan
Authors
Issue Date2015
PublisherBrill
Citation
Ancient Texts and New Medical Ideas in Eighteenth-Century Japan. In Elman, BA (Ed.), Antiquarianism, Language, and Medical Philology: From Early Modern to Modern Sino-Japanese Medical Discourses, p. 81-104. Leiden: Brill, 2015 How to Cite?
AbstractThe Ancient Formulas (kohō 古方) doctors of the eighteenth century made important contributions to the development of medical empiricism in Japan and to the subsequent growth of interest in European medicine among Tokugawa doctors. The significance of their philological studies of early Chinese texts has been less widely appreciated, despite the fact that the Ancient Formulas doctors themselves regarded philology as a fundamental part of their efforts to restore the medical knowledge and practices of Chinese antiquity. This chapter explores the relationship between the philological and the empirical investigations of the Ancient Formulas doctors Yamawaki Tōyō and Yoshimasu Tōdō, tracing these investigations’ origins in the social and intellectual contexts of eighteenth-century urban medical practice and arguing that these apparently contrasting modes of enquiry were complementary aspects of a coherent epistemology that valued explicit arguments and concrete evidence over intuitive reasoning from first principles.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/198714
ISBN
Series/Report no.Sir Henry Wellcome Asian series (Brill Academic Publishers), v. 12

 

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dc.contributor.authorTrambaiolo, DMen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-07-07T09:30:36Z-
dc.date.available2014-07-07T09:30:36Z-
dc.date.issued2015-
dc.identifier.citationAncient Texts and New Medical Ideas in Eighteenth-Century Japan. In Elman, BA (Ed.), Antiquarianism, Language, and Medical Philology: From Early Modern to Modern Sino-Japanese Medical Discourses, p. 81-104. Leiden: Brill, 2015en_US
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dc.description.abstractThe Ancient Formulas (kohō 古方) doctors of the eighteenth century made important contributions to the development of medical empiricism in Japan and to the subsequent growth of interest in European medicine among Tokugawa doctors. The significance of their philological studies of early Chinese texts has been less widely appreciated, despite the fact that the Ancient Formulas doctors themselves regarded philology as a fundamental part of their efforts to restore the medical knowledge and practices of Chinese antiquity. This chapter explores the relationship between the philological and the empirical investigations of the Ancient Formulas doctors Yamawaki Tōyō and Yoshimasu Tōdō, tracing these investigations’ origins in the social and intellectual contexts of eighteenth-century urban medical practice and arguing that these apparently contrasting modes of enquiry were complementary aspects of a coherent epistemology that valued explicit arguments and concrete evidence over intuitive reasoning from first principles.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherBrillen_US
dc.relation.ispartofAntiquarianism, Language, and Medical Philology: From Early Modern to Modern Sino-Japanese Medical Discoursesen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesSir Henry Wellcome Asian series (Brill Academic Publishers), v. 12-
dc.titleAncient Texts and New Medical Ideas in Eighteenth-Century Japanen_US
dc.typeBook_Chapteren_US
dc.identifier.emailTrambaiolo, DM: trambaio@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1163/9789004285453_005-
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dc.identifier.spage81-
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dc.publisher.placeLeidenen_US

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