P 3 The Import and Influence of Modern Western Medicine in China

The traditional Chinese medicine and the modern Western medicine are two different systems of medicine. This panel will explore the importance and influence of modern western medicine in China from several aspects, such as medical education, traditional culture, medical ethics, medical philosophy and etc .Western medicine was known by two routes, foreigners spreading and Chinese learning overseas, especially by foreigners at the early time. Through the establishment of the Church Missionary clinics and hospitals, the missionaries carried out the practice of Western medicine in China. The traditional Chinese practice by doctors walking around practice and doctors being at home practice was challenged; the medical school set up by missionary church also played an important role to spread Western medicine. The medical space was changed from doctors’ home to hospital. The hospital system was gradually established and the new doctor-patient relationship was evolved. The traditional Chinese medicine was facing unprecedented impact by the new medicine from concept of disease, treatment means, the form of medical treatment, medical systems and medical education.

Under this situation, the traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine were in the process from the rejection and confliction to acceptance and imitation, and then to communication and mergence, so that the different systems of medicine symbiotic situation were formed eventually in China. By reviewing the historical process, it does not only help to learn the process of modernization of Chinese medicine, but also to help to promote development of medicine in China in the future by learning useful knowledge from Chinese traditional medicine which contains Tibetan medicine and others Chinese minority medicine.

Impressions of ICTAM IX

  • Impressions of ICTAM IX, 2017, by Matthias Burmeister, ICTAM IX Filmteam