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The Discourse of Chinese Medicine and Westernization

Zongjie Wu and Qingxia Lü

in Discourse as Cultural Struggle

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9789622098114
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206830 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622098114.003.0010
The Discourse of Chinese Medicine and Westernization

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This chapter presents a critical analysis of the cultural struggle within traditional Chinese medical discourse. The findings reveal how the generic structure and the epistemological essence of the Chinese traditional practice are undermined by technologization of the language. The results also indicate that this trend toward a scientification of medicine tradition poses a threat to cultural integrity in general and to Chinese medicine heritage in particular.

Keywords: medical discourse; Chinese medicine; technologization; scientification; cultural integrity

Chapter.  9561 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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