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Am J Chin Med. 2005;33(5):687-701.

Revival of a tradition of Chinese medicine in a reclaimed Chinese territory.

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  • 1Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge University, United Kingdom.


The effect of the political transition from a British Colony to a Special Administration Region of China in 1997 on the tradition of Chinese medicine is examined using historical reviews as well as interviews with various sectors of the population in Hong Kong. Results show that the political change has stimulated the formation of a location-specific Hong Kong Chinese medicine strongly characterized by both scientific and commercial elements developed from the culture of Chinese medicine.

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