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Case Number 45

  • Asaf Goldschmidt
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Part of the Archimedes book series (ARIM, volume 54)

Abstract

This is one of the cases that mentions the non-medical curers who treated patients in villages though history. Here Xu mentions two types: diviners who used the Book of Changes and spirit mediums. These groups of healers took different approaches to disorders. The diviners based their therapy on divining the cause and outcome of the disorder. The second group was local popular priests. Wu was a derogatory term that literati applied to them and others whom they did not bother to distinguish from them. In the lower Yangzi region, wu were usually spirit mediums who cured while in trance. Their therapy also used methods borrowed from Daoists, Buddhists, and physicians. Xu also mentions that ‘someone else’ applied a sweating treatment, which – since there was no doctor in the village – means that someone applied mainstream medical therapy. That, of course, complicates the health care picture even more.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Asaf Goldschmidt
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  1. 1.Department of East Asian StudiesTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  2. 2.Visiting ProfessorRenmin University of ChinaBeijingChina

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