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Neither Donkey nor Horse: Medicine in the Struggle over China's Modernity

Sean Hsiang-lin Lei


This book aims to answer one question: How was Chinese medicine transformed from an antithesis of modernity in the early twentieth century into a potent symbol for China’s exploration of its own modernity half a century later? Instead of viewing this transition as a derivative of the political history of modern China, it argues that China's medical history had a life of its own and at times even influenced the ideological struggle over the definition of China’s modernity and the Chinese state. Far from being a “remnant” of pre-modern China, Chinese medicine in the twentieth century co-evolved ... More

Keywords: Modern Chinese medicine, China’s modernity, mongrel medicine, history of medicine, China, hybridity, neither donkey nor horse

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226169880
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226169910.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sean Hsiang-lin Lei, author
Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica, Taiwan