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Discussing the Shang Han Lun: An Interview with Stephen Boyanton

Time to share this interview I did with Stephen Boyanton, who recently completed his PhD in the department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University. Dr. Boyanton’s research focused on the Shāng Hán Lùn (傷寒論), one of the “classics” of Chinese medicine, which was written by Zhang Zhong-jing during the later part of the Han dynasty. You will find each part of the video below, along with descriptions of their content.


In this first segment of the interview, Dr. Boyanton details the sociopolitical factors that led to the rise of a new class of scholar-physicians in the Song dynasty. Proponents of this new literati medicine were especially fond of the Shang Han Lun, a collection of formulas from the later Han dynasty that developed a model of pattern differentiation based on the six channels.




In this part of the interview, Dr. Boyanton discusses the six stages, the influence of the Tang Ye Jing Fa on the Shang Han Lun, and general ideas about cold damage.




In this part of the interview, Dr. Boyanton discusses the variant editions of the text, issues of authenticity and authorship, and whether the text was part of a separate jing fang (“canonical formula”) tradition.




In this final segment of the interview, Dr. Boyanton discusses the distinction between the Shang Han Lun and other herbal formula texts that were popular prior to the Song dynasty (e.g. Sun Si-miao’s Prescriptions Worth a Thousand Gold Pieces and Ge Hong’s Prescriptions to Keep at Arm’s Length). In addition, he compares the Tang dynasty edition of the Shang Han Lun to the received version.



(c) 2015 Phil Garrison & Stephen Boyanton — All Rights Reserved*

*Please contact us if you would like to use these videos for educational purposes.

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