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An Uncertain Harvest

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/9780520260689.003.0005
An Uncertain Harvest

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This chapter focuses on two interlinked challenges that lay at the heart of effective care, the accurate diagnosing of pregnancy, and preventing miscarriage, to explain how imperial doctors negotiated these intellectual resources in the management of female reproductive health. This chapter also discusses the case of Ms. Huang: She had suffered five miscarriages in a row, each time in the third month of her pregnancy, and when on her sixth pregnancy, she started to bleed, another miscarriage seemed imminent. Ms. Huang's husband was studying medicine, so he felt confident enough to give Ms. Huang a dose of medicine during her pregnancy according to the teachings of the medical master Zhu Zhenheng. However, later during Ms. Huang sixth pregnancy, while her husband was away, a relative administered a pharmacological strategy which was contrary to her husband's as the relative believed that her husband had been giving her the wrong medicine, which was causing her to miscarriage.

Keywords: Zhu Zhenheng; medicine; miscarriage; pregnancy; imperial doctors

Chapter.  11265 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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