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Location: Lecture Theatre 4 Room 451, University of Westminster 309 Regent Street London W1B 2UW
Speakers: Professor Volker Scheid, University of Westminster

Social Memories And Their Importance To Chinese Medical Research

Chinese medicine is widely portrayed by both practitioners and critics as an ancient medical tradition whose knowledge may or may not be relevant to contemporary health care needs. In fact, like any living tradition, Chinese medicine is a broad church composed of many different currents that have developed in the course of its long history. Using modern "Chinese" treatment approaches to "biomedical" problems such as stress, anxiety and depression as a starting point, this talk will examine how knowledge in Chinese medicine is created and systematically forgotten and what this means for clinical research.

Speaker Biography Volker is a scholar physician who combines the practice of Chinese medicine with academic and clinical research.

Volker’s academic work focuses on mapping and analysing the historical development of Chinese medicine, and the problems associated with its translations into contemporary western health care systems. He has written two books on the subject that are widely acknowledged as having set new standards in the field. Chinese Medicine in Contemporary China: Plurality and Synthesis (Duke 2002) focuses on the transformation of Chinese medicine in contemporary China based on an innovative analytical framework for describing such processes. Currents of Tradition in Chinese Medicine, 1626-2006 (Eastland Press 2007) examines the development of elite Chinese medicine from the late imperial period to the present. In addition, he has published widely on the subject in both academic and professional journals.

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