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Chinese film – Sauna on the Moon (Chang’e 嫦娥), dir. Zou Peng 邹鹏, 2011

Time: Thursday 29 May 2014, 6.30–8.30pm. Place: Roberts G06, Sir Ambrose Fleming Lecture Theatre. Part of the excellent UCL Festival of the Arts (27-30 May 2014). Register now on Eventbrite. More...

Published: Apr 14, 2014 10:42:42 PM

Twelve Scholars of the Bamboo Grove

To celebrate the end of lectures and UCL’s first UG course in Ancient and Medieval Chinese History, twelve talented students set out to emulate the Seven Scholars of the Bamboo Grove. Now read on...
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Published: Apr 11, 2014 11:33:19 AM

Imagining Chinese Medicine: Medical illustration from Han tombs to contemporary Comics.

The final lecture in the SOAS East Asia Art & Archaeology Research Seminar series will be given by Dr Vivienne Lo of UCL China Centre for Health and Humanity. She will present her work on Chinese medical illustrations.
Time: Friday, 21st March 2014, 3 pm.
Place: Room B111 (1st floor), Brunei Gallery, SOAS. All welcome.
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Published: Mar 14, 2014 7:28:32 PM

China and Freedom of Speech: new systems for the accountability of the press. An evening with John Kampfner

6th March 2014, panel discussion hosted by UCL’s China Centre for Health and Humanity and Centre for Transnational History and sponsored by UCL Grand Challenges (ii) and the UCL Institute for Human Rights.
Read all about it: Report by Dylan Brethour, PG History student. More...

Published: Mar 14, 2014 6:13:30 PM

Chinese Film and the Medical Humanities workshop

In the context of the UCL initiative for the creation of a Chinese Medical Humanities, on the 22nd and 23rd of February the collaborate workshop (with Peking University [PKU] Institute of Medical Humanities and King's College London [KCL]) convened international experts to reflect on the use of film in teaching the Medical Humanities.  More...

Published: Mar 4, 2014 4:59:57 PM

Nancy Holroyde-Downing

Mysteries of the Tongue: the Invention of a Diagnostic Tradition in Chinese Medicine

My PhD, whose working title is "Mysteries of the Tongue: the invention of a diagnostic tradition in Chinese medicine" investigates the circumstances that gave rise to tongue inspection becoming a pervasive element of diagnosis in Chinese traditional medicine.
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 Although a systematised and illustrated text on tongue diagnosis was available from at least the 14th century, case records of renowned physicians working as recently as the 19 th century appear to make little use of it. My research will examine the relationship of tongue diagnosis to the periods of epidemic disease which ravaged southern China during the Ming Dynasty [1368-1644 CE] and the possibility that its emergence as a regional discipline among Southern Qing Dynasty [1644-1911] authors is related to the fact that febrile illness is reflected in rapid changes in the quality of the tongue.

Tongue image Additionally, I will explore developments in the late Qing and early Republican period, during which time the gaze of the new 'scientific' medicine from the west resonated in the innovation of anatomically correct tongue illustrations in medical texts.   Unlike the art of Pulse Diagnosis, the tongue is   objective and observable. I will examine how this fact made tongue diagnosis amenable to both biomedicine and   the institutional structures of the new Academies of Traditional Medicine being established in the People's Republic.

Having been a practitioner of Chinese traditional medicine for the past 20 years.   I am also interested in the relevance of the historical development of diagnostic techniques to contemporary practice - in particular, the ways in which authors of 'new' diagnostic methods within a traditional medicine are in constant dialogue with the theories articulated in classical texts.



n.holroyde-downing@ucl.ac.uk

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