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Political Perceptions of Disease in Early China

Political Perceptions of Disease in Early China

Prof. Roel Sterckx

The body, disease, illness and the physician’s intervention frequently serve as metaphors and analogies in early Chinese political discourse. We are interested in how medical imagery was used as a referent beyond the physical, how it was used to describe the body politic, and how invoking illness or incapacity was used as a strategy for political survival in the Warring States, Qin and Han periods.