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Chinese Visual Festival 2019

The unmissable Chinese Visual Festival is coming to KCL and BFI Southbank from Thursday 2nd to Thursday 9th May 2019. More...

Faces of Hong Kong: New Short Documentary Films

Curated by Tammy Cheung (張虹). Presented by Prof. Chris Berry (KCL Film Studies) in association with Visible Record (Hong Kong)
Time: 6.30 pm, Wednesday 20 March
Place: Nash Lecture Theatre (K2.31), King’s College London, Strand, WC2R 2LS
The event is free and open to all, but registration via eventbrite is essential. More...

Call for papers: Healthcare in China, a medical-humanities perspective

Interdisciplinary workshop jointly convened by Oxford Brookes University and Peking University HSBC Business School UK Campus, Friday 14th June 2019. More...

Body Mirrors: transcultural reflections on an Edo medical puppet

An international, interdisciplinary workshop led by Shan JIANG 姜姗 (Peking University; UCL IAS), in conversation with Vivienne Lo (UCL History), Man GU 顾漫 (China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences; NRI), Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim (Goldsmiths) and Isabelle Lawrence (Science Museum).

Acu-Moxa and Qi 氣: a UCL IAS Talking Points seminar

with IAS visiting research fellow Dr Shan Jiang 姜姗, and respondents Dr Vivienne Lo and Dr Nancy Holroyde-Downing.

Chinese New Year Festivities

Celebrate the New Year of the Pig with CCHH in the Refectory (UCL Wilkins Building, Lower Ground) on Monday 4 February 2019, from 6pm onwards. More...

Chinese Food Philosophy: A Recipe for Life

Vivienne Lo (UCL CCHH), Bee Wilson and Ching-He Huang in conversation with Donald Sloan.

Madness in Paris, Paris in Madness: The City, Emotions and the Insane at the Dawn of Mass Society

A History of Psychological Disciplines Seminar with Professor Jean-Jacques Courtine (University of Auckland, NZ / QMUL.

History of Pre-Modern Medicine seminar

24 October 2017

The uses of ox-bezoar in pre-modern Japan in ritual and medical practices.
Speaker: Dr Benedetta Lomi (University of Bristol).
Time: Tuesday 24 October 2017, 6.15pm (doors open 6pm).
Place: Wellcome Library, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE.
Everyone is welcome.


On this occasion, I explore specifically those instances in which ox bezoars were used to assure safe and easy parturition. Starting with a comparative look at a selection of ritual and medical injunctions involving ox bezoar, I first assess the continuity and differences between these two contexts. Then, by shifting focus to the processes of extraction, preparation and application of bezoars during birthing practices, I reflect on how both medical and ritual knowledge were employed to construct an ox bezoar-specific ritual.

This paper focuses on the therapeutic use of ox bezoars in pre-modern Japan. Bezoars, highly valued concretions found in the stomachs of ruminants, were renowned for their healing properties, and thus widely employed in the Sino-Japanese tradition to address a variety of ailments.

This event is part of the History of Pre-Modern Medicine seminar series 2017–2018 hosted by the Wellcome Library

Further details here:

Ox bezoar BCGM
Woodcut from the first edition (published 1590) of Li Shizhen’s 李時珍 monumental pharmaceutical encyclopaedia Bencao gangmu 本草綱目 The illustrations in this edition are credited to his son Li Jianyuan 李建元. Wellcome Images L0039333.

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