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Similar to the development of Western medical thought, the historical changes in the concept of "disease" in China cannot be reduced to one single term. States of illness in China from antiquity to today can not be defined following one single, unchanging, nonhistorical approach. Apart from the development of the cultural and social depictions of this topic over time, one notices that the rich corpus of medical texts primarily offers insights into diseases from the viewpoint of the educated elit…

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Obringer, Frédéric, “Disease”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 27 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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