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Know Your Remedies: Pharmacy and Culture in Early Modern China

He Bian


This book presents a panoramic inquiry into China’s early modern cultural transformation through the lens of pharmacy. In the history of science and civilization in China, pharmacy—as a commercial enterprise and as a branch of classical medicine—resists easy characterization. While China’s long tradition of documenting the natural world through state-commissioned pharmacopeias, known as bencao, dwindled after the sixteenth century, the ubiquitous presence of Chinese pharmacy shops around the world today testifies to the vitality of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Rejecting narratives of intellec ... More

Keywords: Chinese pharmacy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, pharmacology, China, TCM, classical medicine, bencao

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691179049
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691179049.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

He Bian, author
Princeton University