‘A Strange Convergence of Fears – Interpreting the Comparative History of Blood and Guts’


Professor Shigehisa Kuriyama

(Harvard University)

Wednesday 27 May at 1730 Harrie Massey Lecture Theatre, 25 Gordon Street, London WC1 UK

Traditional Chinese medicine is typically cast, today, as an alternative

‘other’ to modern Western medicine: critics and advocates alike stress the

alien unfamiliarity of its vision of the body. Professor Kuriyama proposes,

on the contrary, to spotlight a basic, yet neglected convergence. He will

argue that by becoming modern, Western medicine also became in a sense more

East Asian, and urges that one key to this convergence lies in the entwining

of money and the body.

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