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Chinese Medical Concepts in Urban China

Change and Persistence

Martin Böke

Popular assertions proclaim a tradition of Chinese medicine spanning several thousand years. But is this really important for today’s China? Is Chinese medicine relevant for the modern, cosmopolitan urban Chinese today? And, as the political system has changed dramatically during the last century, do these changes influence people’s estimation of illnesses? Combining both a quintessential analysis of the relationship between emotions and health in different texts on Chinese medicine and empirical data consisting of quantitative and qualitative components, the author demonstrates that different social groups of urban dwellers share different opinions on Chinese medicine and its illness concepts, particularly those concepts commonly referred to as Seven Emotions. Education, age and gender are relevant categories for the evaluation of Chinese medicine, especially considering emotions such as stress or depression.
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Zugl.: Köln, Univ., Diss., 2013

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Böke, Martin, 1980- Chinese medical concepts in urban China : change and persistence / Martin Böke. pages cm Includes bibliographical references. Zugl.: Köln, Univ., Diss., 2013. ISBN 978-3-631-64602-1 — ISBN 978-3-653-03864-4 (E-Book) 1. Medical care—China. 2. Medicine, Chinese. 3. Urban health—China. I. Title. RA395.C53B65 2014 610.951—dc23


ISBN 978-3-631-64602-1 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-03864-4 (E-Book) DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-03864-4

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