Prof. Asaf Goldschmidt

Department of East Asian Studies
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Prof. Asaf Goldschmidt
Phone: 03-6408819
Another phone: 03-6407836
Fax: 03-6406712
Office: Gilman-humanities, 272


Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, the Department of History and Sociology of Science, 1999

M.A. University of Pennsylvania, the Department of History and Sociology of Science, 1996

M.A. Tel-Aviv University, Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, 1994


History of Medicine in China, History of Song Dyansty China, History of Science in China, History of Drugs and Pharmacy in East Asia, History of Clinical Practice


Current Projects

History of Clinical Practice in Late Imperial China focusing on medical cases from various genres

History of the Imperial Pharmacy in China and drug trade and drug markets in East Asia


  The Evolution of Medicine in China: The Song Dynasty, 960-1200. In the Needham Research Institution Series, London: RoutledgeCurzon Press, October 2008

  Medical Practice in Twelfth-century China – A Translation of Xu Shuwei’s Ninety Discussions [Cases] on Cold Damage Disorders. In the Archimedes book series, Springer Press, 2019


"Changing Standards: Tracing Changes in Acu-moxa Therapy during the Transition from the Tang to the Song Dynasties,” East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine 18 (2001): 75-111

“The Song Discontinuity: Rapid Innovation in Northern Song Dynasty Medicine.” Asian Medicine - Tradition and Modernity, 1.1 (2005): 53-90

“Huizong’s Impact on Medicine and on Public Health.” In Emperor Huizong and Late Northern Song China: The Politics of Culture and the Culture of Politics, edited by Patricia Ebrey and Maggie Bickford, pp. 275-323. Cambridge: The Asia Center Publications Program, Harvard University Asia Center, 2006

“Epidemics and Medicine during the Northern Song dynasty: The Revival of Cold Damage Disorders (Shang han 傷寒).” T’oung Pao, 93.1 (2007): 53-109

“Illustrations in Medical Acu-moxa Compilations during the Northern Song Dynasty 北宋时期医学集成图书插图的规范化,” pp. 66-69. In Xingxiang zhongyi -- zhongyi lishi tuxiang yanjiu 形象中医——中医历史图像研究, edited by Vivienne Lo and Wang Shumin. Beijing: Renmin weisheng, 2007

“Mandate of Health: Medical Theories, Practices, and Politics in the Northern Song.” In Science and the State in the Song dynasty, edited by Sun Xiaochun and Zeng Xiongsheng. Beijing: China Science and Technology Press, 2007 (publ. 2008), pp. 101-141“Commercializing Medicine or Benefiting the People – The First Pharmacy in China.” Science in Context, 21.3 (2008): 311-350

“Three case histories on Cold Damage disorders from Ninety Discussions on Cold Damage Disorders by Xu Shuwei (1080-1154).” Asian Medicine, 8.2 (2013): 459-471 (published in 2015 due to backlog of the journal)

“Reasoning with Cases – The Transmission of Clinical Medical Knowledge in Twelfth-Century Song China.” In Antiquarianism, Language, and Medical Philology: From Early Modern to Modern Sino-Japanese Medical Discourses, edited by Benjamin Elman, pp. 19-51. Brill (Sir Henry Wellcome Asian Series), 2015

“Song Government and Medicine – The Case of the Imperial Pharmacy.” In Science and Confucian Statecraft in East Asia. Edited by Francesca Bray and Jongtae Lim, pp. 45-86. In the series "Science and Religion in East Asia,” Brill, 2019


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