CAS Luncheon Series
Thursday, February 1, 2018; 12:30 p.m.
CAS Conference Room
My talk centers on a pair of 7th century medical manuscripts excavated in Dunhuang, China: the Treatise on the Five Viscera 五臟論, and the Outline of Pulse Balancing 平脈略例. Both texts were popular, and both texts promote an understanding of the body rooted in five phase theory (wu xing 五行). Despite the pervasiveness of five phase theory at this time, the pulse diagnostic methods of the Outline were not yet standard practice. By close reading these texts against their points of overlap and divergence with canonical medical texts, my research helps shed light on the evolution of one medical lineage in medieval China, while also arguing for a non-specialist readership for these texts.
Sarah Zanolini is an M.A. student in the Department of Asian Languages & Cultures at CU Boulder