Abstract

Recent published studies on medical statistics and meteorological data point to a correlation between abnormal weather patterns and the (re)occurrence of certain disease symptoms. To better understand such a correlation and its theoretical underpinning, investigating an ancient discipline that is tentatively termed “medical cosmology” is suggested. First, the general characteristics of ancient Chinese conceptions of the cosmos—in contrast to that of the early Greeks—are discussed, and then a somatic cosmography introduced, as outlined in the classical medical canon known as the Inner Classic or Neijing.Specifically, it is proposed to examine two cosmic-medical models, showing the ways in which they were devised and deployed clinically in order to explain as well as forecast the trend of public health and physical alignments. In conclusion, some general reflection is offered on the two Neijing models—in relation to the modern scientific understanding of the nature and function of models in general.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1898
Print ISSN
0031-8221
Pages
pp. 731-745
Launched on MUSE
2015-09-03
Open Access
No
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