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Asaf Goldschmidt

Visiting Scholar (Jun 2018-Sep 2018)

PhD, Associate Professor, Department of East Asian Studies, Tel Aviv University

Asaf Goldschmidt received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently a Professor of East Asian Studies at Tel Aviv University. He is currently the Director of the Confucius Institue in Tel Aviv University. His main research interest is history of Chinese medicine and science, history of the Song dynasty, 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 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), which is a full translation of Xu Shuwei’s 90 cases on Cold Damage disorders along with lengthy introduction, 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.


Medical Practice in 12th Century China as reflected in Medical Case Records


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Selected Publications

Goldschmidt, Asaf (2015). “Reasoning with cases : the transmission of clinical medical knowledge in twelfth-century song China.” In Antiquarianism, language, and medical philology : from early modern sino-japanese medical discourses, ed. B. Elman,…

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Goldschmidt, Asaf (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. http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163…

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

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Past Events


Itineraries of Materials, Recipes, Techniques, and Knowledge in the Early Modern World (Part II)