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Popular Healing in Printed Medical Books: The Compilation and Publication of the Chuanya from the Late Qing through the Republican Period

Junqueira, LFB; (2018) Popular Healing in Printed Medical Books: The Compilation and Publication of the Chuanya from the Late Qing through the Republican Period. Monumenta Serica , 66 (2) pp. 391-436. 10.1080/02549948.2018.1534357. Green open access

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Abstract

In 1759, Zhao Xuemin 趙學敏, a scholar and physician from Qiantang County (present-day Hangzhou), compiled his Chuanya 串雅. Based on certain editions of this work, modern scholars have assumed that this text is composed of recipes collected from itinerant healers, and that it was its author’s intention to transmit folk healing practices through the printed word. The original manuscript that Zhao Xuemin compiled probably never appeared in print, however, whereas the extant editions of this text found numerous new editions and re-printings. Focusing on several manuscripts and printed editions of the Chuanya which emerged between the late Qing and Republican period, this article traces the processes through which various different agents created and recreated the Chuanya. In contrast to past studies where the connection between the Chuanya and popular healing is taken for granted, I argue that any conclusion should primarily take into account the various editions of this work. By the case study of this text, I hope to clarify a broader dimension around the authorship of printed medical books in late imperial China and challenge the assumption that we can understand them outside the context of their edition and publication. / 乾隆二十四年(1759),錢塘醫家趙學敏撰了⟪串雅⟫一文。按照⟪串雅⟫某些版本所記載的內容,現代學者往往視之為一部收錄大量民間藥方的方書,而且主張趙氏的主要目的是希望通過印刷術來傳播民間秘方。然而,值得注意的是,趙氏⟪串雅⟫的原稿或許從來並未曾刊行在世。同時,⟪串雅⟫後來多次被他人校訂及刊刻,而其不同版本之間的內容皆存在著較大的差別。本文以⟪串雅⟫從晚清至民國時期的不同抄本、刻本及石印本追溯⟪串雅⟫成書的歷史過程。與以前的研究相比,筆者則認為⟪串雅⟫與民間療法的關係其實並不是理所當然的。我們必須先考察該文獻的不同版本才能對之有更深入的了解以至提出更有力的結論。總之,本文以⟪串雅⟫為例探討傳統中國的醫書書寫、校訂、出版、傳播,以及閱讀的複雜情形。

Type: Article
Title: Popular Healing in Printed Medical Books: The Compilation and Publication of the Chuanya from the Late Qing through the Republican Period
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/02549948.2018.1534357
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/02549948.2018.1534357
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Chuanya, popular healing, itinerant healers, Zhao Xuemin, book history, history of publication, authorship, Chinese medical history, ⟪串雅⟫, 民間療法, 走方醫, 趙學敏, 書籍史, 寫本, 版本學, 著者身分, 中國醫學史
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10084705
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