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Book and Media Reviews
August 9, 2006

History, Culture

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;296(6):704-709. doi:10.1001/jama.296.6.706-a

Conceptions of illness and healing practices provide deep insights into cultures and communities, and the fascination of Westerners with China and the Chinese partly relates to the unfamiliar, exotic, and incomprehensible ways of medicine encountered in China by Western observers starting in about the 13th century. Linda L. Barnes, a medical anthropologist at Boston University School of Medicine, addresses the changing perceptions of the Chinese and their healing practices as viewed in the West by physicians, missionaries, adventurers, and government officials.

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