In this book, Miranda Brown investigates the myths that
acupuncturists and herbalists have told about the birth of the
healing arts. Moving from the Han (206 BC-AD 220) and Song
(960-1279) dynasties to the twentieth century, Brown traces the
rich history of Chinese medical historiography and the gradual
emergence of the archive of medical tradition. She exposes the
historical circumstances that shaped the current image of medical
progenitors: the ancient bibliographers, medieval editors, and
modern reformers and defenders of Chinese medicine who contributed
to the contemporary shape of the archive. Brown demonstrates how
ancient and medieval ways of knowing live on in popular narratives
of medical history, both in modern Asia and in the West. She also
reveals the surprising and often unacknowledged debt that
contemporary scholars owe to their pre-modern forebears for the
categories, frameworks, and analytic tools with which to study the
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