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Abstract 摘要

Professor Lee Shui Chuen’s paper puts forth a grand plan to construct a Confucian model of medicine that differs from the Western model. However, it is a pity that Lee fails to offer sufficient Confucian resources to pursue that goal. It seems that Lee’s attention is focused largely on traditional Chinese medical theories whose origins do not lie in Confucianism alone. Lee also discusses the Confucian doctrine of humanity (ren), which essentially belongs to the realm of medical ethics. His emphasis on synesthesia (gantong) is instructive. In fact, a characteristic of any genuine Confucian model of medicine, neo-Confucian models in particular, is an understanding of those patients who have lost their synesthesia. For example, neo-Confucian master Zhu Xi called concentrating on success in the imperial examination a severe illness of the mind, and suggested that the illness could be cured through self-cultivation efforts.

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