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"Finch and Plum Blossoms" by Emperor Huizong (1082-1135,
r.1101-1125 C.E.), the last emperor of the Northern Song
dynasty. He was a great patron of medicine as well as a
patron of the arts and an accomplished painter.

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This website is dedicated to making available resources on teaching, research, academic exchange, publications, and funding related broadly to the development of the field of the history of science, technology, and medicine in East Asia. Within this broader field, this website also specifically seeks to deepen understanding of medicine, health, and disease in Chinese history and to engage critically with the widespread practice of Chinese medicine throughout the world today.

Marta Hanson first taught late imperial Chinese history in the Department of History at the University of California, San Diego from 1997 to 2004. She then joined the faculty of the Department of the History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University to fill a new position in the history of East Asian medicine. Her book Speaking of Epidemics in Chinese Medicine: Disease and the Geographic Imagination in Late Imperial China is scheduled for publication in March 2011.

She completed her PhD dissertation in the History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. "Inventing a Tradition in Chinese Medicine: From Universal Canon to Local Medical Knowledge in South China, The Seventeenth to the Nineteenth Century" is available at UMI Dissertation Services. For copies of her articles since then, see Publications.

She also has a chapter titled “Conceptual Blind Spots, Media Blindfolds: The Case of SARS and Traditional Chinese Medicine” coming out in Angela Ki-Che Leung and Charlotte Furth, eds., Health and Hygiene in Chinese East Asia: Publics and Policies in the Long Twentieth Century. Chapel Hill: Duke University Press, forthcoming Dec 2010.