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Gray’s anatomy : the first text-book of anatomy in Chinese


Thursday April 18, 5 pm–7 pm


Talk in the framework of the CENTRE POUR UNE HISTOIRE DES SCIENCES VUES D’ASIE (CHSA)
University Paris Diderot, Building Condorcet, Room Klein, 371A



By Gao Xi, Université de Fudan, Shanghai



Gray’s Anatomy is the single most significant textbook on anatomical knowledge in the mid-nineteenth century English medical academies. The first Chinese edition was published in 1881, designated as the only anatomical textbook for medical school ran by the mission society, and in 1885 the first official translation by the Qing government was issued. Through analysis of Gray’s Anatomy’s several Chinese versions, this lecture recourses and discusses how medical missionaries have borrowed terminologies and semantic tradition that were used in Chinese medicine to explain European medicine — from altering and completely abandoning Chinese medical terminologies and relevant knowledge, to establishing new medical terminologies and its configuration, and ultimately remoulding Chinese scholars and official system’s understanding of the knowledge of the body.


Gao Xi is a historian of Fudan University (Shanghai) and works on medical knowledge in 19th century China. She works more particularly on exchanges between Euro-American missionaries and their Chinese counterparts. (https://harvard-yenching.org/scholars/gao-xi).






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