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:

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The medical procedures of the Western world have influenced China with their beliefs and practices; China forgot many of the natural ways of giving birth as they began to adopt surgical practice and new medicines influenced by Western countries, and this caused more death. In Feng Shaoqu's description, the complaints that Chinese male doctors had historically directed against midwives were now projected onto Western doctors; whether out of ignorance or cunning, they violated the innate rhythms of birth. Feng also pointed out that birth was meant to be easy, and he echoed the animal analogies that figured so prominently in the Treaties on Easy Childbirth.

Keywords: China; medical procedure; Western countries; birth; medicines

Chapter.  4722 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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