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Materia Medica and its Study in History of China (历史中的本草与本草学)

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What is Chinese materia medica? Is it a book, a genre, or a peculiar kind of world view? In the history of China, what kinds of actors were creating, transmitting and studying materia medica texts, and how should we place the Chinese term bencao vis-à-vis other disciplines, such as natural history, pharmacology and botany? How should we consider the great compilation in the history of Chinese materia medica? My research focuses on the evolution of pharmacology and society in 16th-18th century, and in my presentation I shall try to draw some connections between the learning of materia medica and some aspects of late imperial Chinese society and culture.

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