How did Chinese Gynecology become Korean? A Comparative Case Study of “Women’s Diseases” in Heo Jun’s Precious Mirror of Eastern Medicine (Dongui bogam, 1613)

February 12, 2015 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Room 280A, Second Floor, York Lanes
York University
4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
York Centre fior Asian Research (YCAR)

WuYi-Li Wu
Research Fellow, EASTmedicine Research Cluster, University of Westminster

The Precious Mirror of Eastern Medicine is a foundational work of Korean medicine and a cultural treasure, listed on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. Its chief author, the imperial physician Heo Jun (1539-1615), synthesized Chinese classical medicine with local knowledge to articulate a specifically Korean approach to healing. This talk examines how Heo Jun transformed Chinese teachings on female blood and childbirth to create a new model of the gendered female medical body. In addition to providing an illuminating case study of medical exchange in East Asia, Heo Jun’s work suggests new ways of thinking about the relationship between society, gender and medicine in China and Korea.

This event is part of the Knowledge Production in East Asia seminar series, and is organized by Joan Judge (History) and the Critical China Studies Reading Group at YCAR.

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