Transnational knowledge transfer

The adaptation of German psychiatric concepts during the academic evolution of modern psychiatry in China

Authored by: Wenjing Li

The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Studies

Print publication date:  May  2021
Online publication date:  May  2021

Print ISBN: 9780367181390
eBook ISBN: 9780429059704
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Modern psychiatry was first introduced to mainland China around 1900 by Western missionaries. The field had developed gradually as a result of contact with Western psychiatry and especially its American practitioners. In light of the contributions of German psychiatry, this chapter provides a systematic overview of the impact it had on the newly introduced discipline in China. A broader perspective on historical research in psychiatry with the emphasis of regression to its medical nature is eventually proposed.

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