A Way of Life: Things, Thought, and Action in Chinese Medicine

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Yale University Press
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5.6 X 0.8 X 8.3 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author
Judith Farquhar is the Max Palevsky Professor Emerita in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago. She studies traditional medicine, popular culture, and everyday life in contemporary China and has published five other books, most recently Ten Thousand Things: Nurturing Life in Contemporary Beijing.
"A rare and nuanced scholarly effort that always remains engaging and delightful. As with any memorable journey, at the end we more deeply understand and feel our own point of departure."--Ted J. Kaptchuk, author of The Web That Has No Weaver: Understanding Chinese Medicine

"This wonderfully challenging book is an induction into another world, a translation between traditional Chinese medicine and Western post-Enlightenment bio-medicine. Judith Farquhar guides us expertly through the things, thoughts, and actions of these mutually understandable worlds."--Stephan Feuchtwang, author of Popular Religion in China: The Imperial Metaphor

"Judith Farquhar's anthropological and linguistic focus is novel, making this book a welcome addition to the sometimes-confusing works that attempt to 'translate' Chinese medicine for a Western reader."--William C. Summers, author of The Great Manchurian Plague of 1910-1911: The Geopolitics of an Epidemic Disease
"A Way of Life is original, creative scholarship of the highest quality, presented in lovely and stylish prose. It is truly a pleasure to read."--Dale Martin, author of Biblical Truths: The Meaning of Scripture in the Twenty-first Century and of Sex and the Single Savior: Gender and Sexuality in Biblical Interpretation
"A Way of Life distills decades of anthropological and philosophical study of Chinese medical practice, in which Judith Farquhar was authoritatively trained, into an introduction as lucid as it is deep."--Nathan Sivin, author of Health Care in Eleventh-Century China