Asaf Goldschmidt

Visiting Scholar
Visiting Scholars are established scholars, as evidenced by significant publications and broad academic experience, spending a fixed term as guests at the MPIWG for research purposes. They may be externally funded or receive a Research Fellowship from the MPIWG.
Department III
PhD, Tel Aviv University
6. August 2017 to 20. September 2017

Asaf Goldschmidt received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently a Senior Lecturer of East Asian Studies at Tel Aviv University. His main research interest is the history of Chinese medicine and science, the history of the Song dynasty, the history of public health, drug trade and consumption, and medical practice. His first book The Evolution of Medicine in China: The Song Dynasty, 960-1200, was published by RoutledgeCurzon Press in 2008, as part of the Needham Research Institution Series. His second book Medical Practice in Song-Dynasty China: The Case Histories of Xu Shuwei (1080-1154) was accepted for publication by Springer as part of the Archimedes book series. His current projects focus on the history of the Imperial Pharmacy in China and on the history of medical case records.

Selected publications: 

Goldschmidt, A. (2015). Reasoning with cases: the transmission of clinical medical knowledge in twelfth-century song China. In B. Elman (Ed.), Antiquarianism, language, and medical philology: from early modern sino-japanese medical discourses (pp. 19-51). Leiden: Brill.


Goldschmidt, A. (2013). Three case histories on cold damage disorders from ninety discussions on cold damage disorders by Xu Shuwei (1080-1154). Asian Medicine, 8(2), 459-471.


Goldschmidt, A. (2009). The Evolution of medicine in China: the Song dynasty, 960 - 1200. London: Routledge Curzon.



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