Trude Dijkstra: Between mercantilism and materia medica: printing and publishing Chinese medicine in early modern Europe.

Recent studies of the intercultural exchange of medical knowledge between Europe and Asia during the First Global Age and the impact of non-European materia medica on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease in early modern Europe have been invaluable in establishing the interconnectedness between Asia and Europe during the early modern period, while also demonstrating that cross-cultural exchange of scientific and medical knowledge and products went in both directions. However, as the focus has primarily been on the content of printed materials, less attention has been paid to the book-historical properties of text and image through which knowledge of medicine circulated. This paper will address the composition, mediation, survival and transformation of written communication in print to present a new image of the production, distribution and reception of early modern knowledge about Chinese medicine and pharmaceuticals.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 17:30
Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE