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Medical Ethics in Imperial China

A Study in Historical Anthropology

Paul U. Unschuld


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This book, the first comprehensive history of explicity medical ethics in pre-modern China, spans the period from 500 B.C. through the nineteenth century and provides literal translations of all accessible codes of ethics in the known Chinese medical literature. The inclusion in addition of writings possessing ethical implications makes possible cultural comparisons with the corresponding literatures in the West.

University of California Press, 9780520035430, 154pp.

Publication Date: February 20, 1979

About the Author

Paul U. Unschuld is Professor and Director of the Horst-Goertz Institute for the Theory, History, and Ethics of Chinese Life Sciences at Charité Universitaetsmedizin Berlin and is the author of Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen: Nature, Knowledge, Imagery in an Ancient Chinese Medical Text (UC Press, 2003).