Dr Vivienne Lo
Office: G03, 23 Gordon Square
Office hour: Wednesday 10-12
External phone: 020 7679 3605
Internal phone: 33605
I am the convenor of the UCL China Centre for Health and Humanity. I have been teaching the History of Asian Medicine and Classical Chinese medicine at BSc and MA level in UCL since 2002.
My own research concerns the social and cultural origins of acupuncture and therapeutic exercise. I translate and analyse manuscript material from Early and Medieval China and the transmission of scientific knowledge along the so-called Silk Roads through to the modern Chinese medical diaspora.
In recent decades there has been a revolution in the field of research into both early and mediaeval Chinese medicine partly driven by texts and artefacts recovered from tombs and other libraries. I am currently finishing a translation and introduction to texts excavated in Hubei (tomb sealed ca. 186 BC), that describe an early phase in the development of acupuncture, and therapeutic exercise. Manuscripts recovered from a Buddhist library on the Silk Road and archived mainly at the British Library and BNF Paris provide another vantage point from which to consider issues of continuity and change in both these subjects. Current projects also include the creation of an on-line database of early Chinese medical imagery, and a history of food and medicine in China.
‘The Legend of the Lady of Linshui’ Journal of Chinese Religions 21(1993), 69-96.
‘He Yin Yang: Xi Han yangsheng wenxian dui yixue sixiang fazhan de yinxiang’ (Western Han ‘Nurturing Life’ Literature and the Development of Medical Thought), Yin Yang wuxing yu Zhongguo gudai siwei moshi (Yin Yang, the Five Agents and Conceptual Models in Ancient China) ed. Sarah Allan and Wang Tao, (Jiangsu guji chubanshe - 1998), 401-23.
‘The Channels: A preliminary examination of a Lacquered Figurine from the Western Han Period’ in Early China 21 (1996) [written with He Zhiguo], 81-123.
‘Healing and Medicine’ in China: Land of the Heavenly Dragon, ed. E Shaughnessy (London: Duncan Baird Publishing, 2000), 148-62.
‘Tracking the Pain: Jue and the Formation of a Theory of Circulating Qi through the Channels’ in Sudhoffs Archiv (2000) 191 - 211. also published in Chinese in the 4th volume of Jianbo yanjiu (Research into Bamboo and Silk Manuscripts) vol. 4 by the China Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Beijing. ed Li Xueqin,(2001), 275-288.
‘Crossing the "Inner Pass": An"Inner/Outer" Distinction in Early Chinese Medicine?’ in East Asian Science,Technology and Medicine 17 (2000), 15-65.
‘The Influence of Western Han Nurturing Life Literature on the Development of Acumoxa Therapy’ in Innovation in Chinese Medicine. Festschrift in Commemoration of Lu Gwei-djen, ed. Elisabeth Hsu (Cambridge, CUP, 2001), 19-51.
‘Spirit of Stone: Technical Considerations in the Treatment of the Jade Body’ Bulletin of SOAS 65/1 (2002), 99-128.
‘Lithic Therapy in Early China’ in New Approaches to Medical Anthropology and Archaeology ed. Carr (Oxford: Oxbow, forthcoming in 2002), 195-220.
'Survey of Research into the History and Rationale of Acupuncture and Moxa since 1980' - A New Introduction to a new edition of Lu and Needham, Celestial Lancets (Curzon, 2002), xxv-li.
Mediaeval Chinese Medicine (London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2005 edited with
''Self-Cultivation and the Popular Medical Traditions', in Lo and Cullen (eds), ibid.
'Quick and Easy Chinese Medicine', in Lo and Cullen (eds), ibid.
'The Yellow Emperor's Toad Manual' in a special edition of Asia Major, 14, 2 (2001), edited by Nathan Sivin: Essays Contributed in Honour of Michael Loewe [published in Spring, 2004].
Launch of new journal of IASTAM: Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity, Brill. First edition Spring, 2005.
1,400 pre-modern Chinese medical images bought catalogued and translated by the Project Chinese Medicine: A Visual History for Wellcome's online medical iconographic collection.
"Narratives of Deviance in 'Traditional' Chinese Medicine" In Asian Medicine and Globalization ed. Alter (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005), 45-77. (written with Sylvia Schroer)
"Cooking up fine remedies: On the culinary aesthetic in a 16th century Chinese materia medica". In Medical History, 2005, 395-422 (with Penny Barrett).
"Pleasure, prohibition and pain: food and medicine in China". In Of Tripod and Palate, Roel Sterckx ed. London: Palgrave MacMillan 2005, 163-186.
Academic Conference on the Changsha Bamboo Documents Dating
to Wu of the Three Kingdom To Celebrate One Hundred Years of New
Discoveries and Research into Bamboo Strips and Silk Manuscripts, 15th -
19th August 2001 (5,200 words)
Imagining practice: sense and sensuality in early Chinese medical illustration." In The Warp and the Weft: Graphics and Text in the Production of Technical Knowledge in China, Bray, Metailie and Dorofeeva-Lichtmann eds. Leiden: Brill, 2007, 387 – 425.
‘Chinese Medicine’ in H. & W. Bynum (eds) Dictionary of Medical Biographies, London, Westport, CT: Greenwood Press; vol. 1., 33 – 50.
Area Editor for 23 biographies of Chinese physicians in H. & W. Bynum (eds) Dictionary of Medical Biographies, London, Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.
‘Chinese Medicine’ in 70 Wonders of China ed. Jonathon Fenby, 2007, 60-1.
Imagining Chinese Medicine . Beijing: Renmin weisheng, 2007 [edited with Wang Shumin]. 275 pp.
Perfect Bodies: Sports Medicine and Immortality, British Museum Research Publications, 2012.
Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity, Volume Three, Issues One and Two, 2007, 380 pp.
‘On the nature and purpose of Early Chinese medical writing: a study of the structure of Zhangjiashan 張家山Yinshu 引書’, in Li Jianmin (ed.) The medical view of Chinese history (Lianjing Press: Academia Sinica, 2008a), 29-43.
‘Heavenly bodies in early China: astro-physiology in context’ in A. Akasoy, C. Burnett and R. Yoeli-Tlalim (eds), Astro-medicine: astrology and medicine, East and West (Florence: Micrologus Library, 2008b), 143-187.
‘But is it History of Medicine? 20 years in the Healing Arts of China. Social History of Medicine 2009 a (1), 283 303.
‘Longue vie a la corps purifie!’ in Vigarello,G. (ed.) 100,000 ans de beauté/ 100,000 years of beauty. Gallimard. 2009
‘Manuscripts, Received Texts and the Healing Arts’ with Li Jianmin in Nylan, M. Loewe, M. (eds) China's Early Empires. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), 2010, 367-90.
‘Acuponcture et Moxibustion’. in Despeux,C. (ed.) Notices on the Dunhuang and Kotanese Medical Manuscripts. L'Institut des Hautes Etudes Chinoises, College de France, 2010, pp. 239 - 284.
Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity, Volume Four, Issues One and Two, 2008, 400 pp. (published 2010)
'In praise of fragments: training with Paul Thompson' in 出土文献与传世典籍的诠释--纪念谭朴森先生逝世两周年国际学术研讨会论文集 (Excavated texts and transmitted literature: a festschrift for Paul Thompson) [Chinese] Fudan University Centre for Excavated texts and Ancient literature, 2010.
'Chinese Medicine' with Michael Stanley-Baker, in Jackson.
M, The Oxford Handbook of the History of Medicine, Oxford: Oxford
University Press, 2011, pp. 150-169.
'The Cuban Chinese Medical Revolution', with Adrian Renton, in Scheid, V and Hugh Macpherson, Integrating East Asian Medicine into Contemporary Healthcare, London: Elsevier, 2011.
Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity, Volume Five, Issues One and Two, 2009, Brill, 400pp.
‘Training the Senses through Animating the Body in Ancient China’ in Sue Brownell (ed.) From Athens to Beijing: West Meets East in the Olympic Games, Volume I: Sport, the Body, and Humanism in Ancient Greece and China, 2011, pp. 67-85.
'Exploding Daoist and Buddhist Myths about Medicine' in 高启华 et al. ed. 儒加文化与时代精神，2011, pp. 51-63.
Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity, Volume Six, Issue One 2010/11, Brill, 200pp.
Potent Substances, Reaktion books 2012.
'Other Pleasures?', with Penelope Barrett, in Reyes, R. (ed.) Sex in Asia, 400-1900. 2012.
Blood or Qi Circulation? On the nature of authority in Rashīd al-Dīn’s Tānksūqnāma تانکسوق نامهء ایلخان در فنون علوم ختایی [The Treasure Book of Ilqān on Chinese Science and Techniques] with Wang Yidan 王一丹 in Anna Akasoy, Charles Burnett and Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim (eds), Rashid al-Din as an Agent and Mediator of Cultural Exchanges in Ilkhanid Iran, London: Warburg Institute, 2012.
'Han' in TJ Hinrichs and Linda Banks ed. Chinese Medicine and Healing, Cambridge Mass: HUP, 2012.
Healing Arts in Early China, the Zhangjiashan Medical Manuscripts
Chinese Medicine: a visual history, Brill.
'Early Chinese Medicine' in Cambridge History of Science, vol. 1 eds. Liba Taub and Alexander Jones.
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