The Dao of Nineteenth-Century Japanese Nativist Healing: A Chinese Herbal Supplement to Faith Healing

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2008

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The Ohio State University

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This article seeks to suggest in detail how Chinese medical practices became acceptable to the nineteenth-century nativist Hirata Atsutane, whose extreme anti-Chinese bias made such acceptance highly problematic. A related goal is to introduce the little-known medical contributions of Atsutane, who has formerly been seen only as a nationalist pedagogue. This short examination of his writings on medicine attempts to illuminate nineteenth-century opinions concerning what we today would identify as faith healing and traditional Chinese herbal medical practices.

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Hirata, Atsutane, 1776-1843, Medicine -- Japan -- History, History of medicine -- Japan

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Early Modern Japan: An Interdisciplinary Journal v. 16 (2008), p. 92-103