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Pain Management as a Framework for Understanding the Evolution of Chinese and Western Medicines in the Twentieth Century: Herbs, Opium, and Acupuncture Analgesia

by Davis, William Truett

Creator
  • Davis, William Truett
Date Created
2019-04-22T19:10:05.915094
Date Issued
2019-05
Place
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Language
  • English
Subject
Topic
Genre
  • thesis
Abstract

This thesis paper will attempt to analyze the interaction of Chinese and Western medicines throughout the end of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In particular, pain management will be used as a framework for understanding these interactions, especially in light of how anesthesia and post-operative pain relief methods were developed separately and then in tandem with these bodies of medicine. How can the evolution of Chinese medicine as it came in contact with Western medicine in the twentieth century help us to understand the culmination of medicine interactions such as acupuncture anesthesia in the 1970’s? In looking at the late nineteenth century (both in the West and in China), the Republican period in China, the Communist Revolution of 1949 in China, and the significant decade of US-China rapprochement in the 1970’s, an investigation of pain management and how Chinese medicine and Western medicine interacted is conducted. Chinese medicine has been favorably adaptive in relation to its traditional history and how it amalgamated with Western science, and there are aspects of Chinese medicine that should be incorporated into Western medical systems today.

Note

The author has given permission for this work to be deposited in the Digital Archive of Colorado College.

Colorado College Honor Code upheld.

Includes bibliographical references.

Administrative Notes

The author has given permission for this work to be deposited in the Digital Archive of Colorado College.

Colorado College Honor Code upheld.

Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College Tutt Library
PID
coccc:31201
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
41 pages
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Carol Neel Jane Murphy
Department/Program
History
Degree Name
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Type
bachelor
Degree Grantor
Colorado College Tutt Library
Date Issued
2019-05