Chapter

Introduction

Yi-Li Wu

in Reproducing Women

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780520260689
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947610 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520260689.003.0001
Introduction

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This book makes a crucial examination on how Yan Chunxi and other thinkers of late imperial China approached a set of universal concerns that have occupied all societies like sustaining pregnancy, promoting fertility, ensuring the safe delivery of healthy babies, and facilitating women's postpartum recovery. This book mainly focuses on understanding how people during this time “framed” women's reproductive bodies, and what meaning they assigned to the observable bodily phenomena connected to conception, gestation, and labor, and what factor shaped the criteria they used to define health and pathology. This book also discusses how medicine for women shaped different gender norms, and how medical ideas in turn shaped the range of ways that people thought about similarities between male and female bodies.

Keywords: Yan Chunxi; China; health; reproductive bodies; pathology; medical ideas

Chapter.  5513 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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