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Keywords:

  • Chinese medicine;
  • couching for cataract;
  • jin pi shu;
  • ophthalmology

Abstract

This paper investigates the processes of interpretation and integration of the Indian ophthalmic technique known as ‘couching for cataract’ into Chinese medicine from the sixth to the twelfth century ad. The Indian medical knowledge of this procedure was eventually accepted because it could be reconstructed following Chinese medical concepts.