Notes on Contributors

in Asian Medicine

ROBERTA BIVINS is an Associate Professor in the History of Medicine at the University of Warwick’s Department of History, and Director of Warwick’s Centre for the History of Medicine. She is currently completing a monograph on the impact of postcolonial immigration on medical research and health policy in post-war Britain. Her previous and ongoing work examines the cross-cultural transmission of Chinese medical knowledge and expertise as seen in her two books: Acupuncture, Expertise and Cross-Cultural Medicine (Palgrave, 2000) and Alternative Medicine? A History (Oxford University Press, 2007). Her new research explores the domestication of medical technologies among majority and ethnic minority communities in Britain and the USA.

ANTHONY BUTLER is Honorary Professor of Medical Science at the Bute Medical School, University of St Andrews. His interests include rhubarb as a medicine, the role of nitric oxide in human physiology, and anti-malarial substances in Chinese herbal medicine. Professor Butler has a long-standing interest in the history and significance of traditional Chinese medicine.

GEORGINA ELTENTON is a medical graduate of the University of St Andrews, and is currently pursuing clinical studies at the University of Manchester. She completed her college thesis on ‘The treatment of atopic eczema in Chinese herbal medicine—are there lessons to be learnt?’ in 2011.

GUDRUN KOTTE studied Sinology and Social Anthropology at Free University Berlin, Germany. Since 2002 she has been working as an instructor for further vocational midwife training in Chinese medicine as part of obstetrics in Berlin. When she heard about German midwives’ puzzling experiences with Chinese women and their newborns, she decided to do medical anthropological research on pregnancy, childbirth, and childbed among Chinese migrants in Germany as her PhD topic. Most of the citations in the following report are taken from her doctoral thesis whose research she conducted between 2005 and 2007 with altogether 21 Chinese couples. The main topics focused on birth and migration in the widest sense, while specifically looking at their perceptions and practices of pregnancy, childbirth, and childbed. Her book, Wissen, Körper, Kompetenz. Das Erleben von Schwangerschaft, Geburt und Wochenbett von chinesischen Frauen in Berlin (Knowledge, Body, Competence. Chinese Women’s Experiences with Pregnancy, Birth and Childbed), was published as part of the ethnological series ‘Berliner Beiträge zur Ethnologie’, vol. 16, by the Berliner Weißensee Verlag in 2009.

SEAN HSIANG-LIN LEI is Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, and Associate Professor at the Institute for Science, Technology and Society, Yangming University. He co-edited two Taiwan STS Readers: Keji Kewang Shehui 科技渴望社會 (Techno-science Aspires for Society) and Keji Kewang Xingbie 科技渴望性別 (Techno-science Aspires for Gender), Taipei: Qunxue chubanshe, 2005. His ongoing research focuses on the transformation of the Chinese body, selfhood, and moral community through the history of two competing diseases, Tuberculosis and Wasting Disorders (laobing). His book, Neither Donkey Nor Horse: When Chinese Medicine Encountered the State, has been accepted for publication by the University of Chicago Press (forthcoming 2014).

DANIEL MAXWELL practises Chinese medicine in London and Somerset (UK), and is the editor of the Journal of Chinese Medicine. He can be contacted at:

KATHARINA ANNA SABERNIG has an MD and MA. She is an independent academic scholar associated with the Medical University of Vienna and the Institute of Social Anthropology at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Her research on Tibetan Medicine focuses on illustrations, history, and terminology. Her book, Kalte Kräuter und heiße Bäder: Die Anwendung der Tibetischen Medizin in den Klöstern Amdos (Cold Herbs and Hot Baths: The Application of Tibetan Medicine in Monasteries), was published as part of the Vienna Ethnomedical Series, ‘Wiener ethnomedizinische Reihe’, Vol. 5, in 2005. This article is based on her current research about “The medical college at Labrang Monastery in Eastern Tibet: A historical and ethno-medical study and documentation of 19 murals illustrating the bshad rgyud.”

C. PIERCE SALGUERO received his PhD in 2010 from the Department of the History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University. Currently, he is Assistant Professor of Asian History at Penn State University’s Abington College. His main research interests centre on the role of Buddhism as a catalyst for the crosscultural circulation of medical knowledge in premodern Asia. He has published several academic articles on the reception of Buddhist medicine in medieval China. His book, Translating Buddhist Medicine in Medieval China, has been accepted for publication with the University of Pennsylvania Press (forthcoming Spring 2014).

NATHAN SIVIN is Professor Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of several fundamental studies in the history of Chinese science, religion, and medicine. He is currently working on a book manuscript titled The Varieties of Health Care in Ancient China.

XUN ZHOU is lecturer of Modern History at the University of Essex. Born in Sichuan province, China, she received her PhD from the University of London in 1998. In the past 20 years, she has lived in London, Jerusalem, Beijing, and Hong Kong. She is one of only a handful of historians who are pioneering the history of the People’s Republic of China through the use of new oral and archival evidence. Between 2007 and 2012 she worked on a project of key importance to the history of the twentieth century, namely the Great Famine in China under Mao. Her new books The Great Famine in China, 1957–1962: A Documentary History (2012) and Forgotten Voices of Mao’s Great Famine, 1958–1962: an Oral History (2013), published by Yale University Press, are the labour of her research during those five years.

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