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80th Historia Medica Lecture: ‘Longevity for the World: Self and the Social Body in Early Modern China’

Wednesday, October 20 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Self-perfection and immortality are central to understanding Chinese medical history, but He Bian (Ch. 邊和), associate professor of History and East Asian Studies at Princeton University, highlights the rise of the social body and techniques for the masses for the 80th Historia Medica Lecture, ‘Longevity for the World: Self and the Social Body in Early Modern China.'

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Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


School of Medicine


Medicine & Health



Bernard Becker Medical Library


Event Contact

Laura Swofford | lswofford@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

He Bian (Ch. 邊和) is a historian of late imperial and a historian of science. She earned her doctorate in History of Science from Harvard University in 2014. Her research interests span many topics pertaining to the question of authority and variation in China’s traditional culture, particularly in medicine and the natural sciences, between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. Overall, her passion lies in writing a new kind of Chinese cultural history that foregrounds knowledge of all kinds, and is also rigorously contextualized by institutional, social, and economic conditions of the day.

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