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"Herbs and Roots: A History of Chinese Doctors in the American Medical Marketplace" with Tamara Venit-Shelton, Associate Professor of History
Chinese medicine has a long history in the United States, dating back to its colonial period. Well before mass emigration from China to the United States began, Chinese materia medica crossed the oceans, in both directions: Chinese medicinal teas and herbs came west while Appalachian ginseng went east. Beginning in the 1850s, Chinese immigrants came to the United States and transplanted their health practices, sometimes quite literally by propagating medicinal plants in their adopted home. Prof. Venit-Shelton's talk is based on her book which chronicles roughly two hundred years of Chinese medicine as a dynamic system of knowledge, therapies, and materia medica brought to the United States and transformed by immigrants, doctors, and patients as well as missionaries, scientists, and merchants. You can purchase a copy of the book from or any bookseller if you choose to review prior to the talk.

Sep 23, 2020 01:30 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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