Article ID: CBB992770459

The State-Centred Nosology (2016)


Since 1951, when the Medical Service Act was enacted in South Korea, traditional Korean medicine has been an independent part of a dual medical system along with biomedicine. Despite several attempts to subordinate Korean medicine to biomedicine, Korean medicine has managed to remain an institutionally-independent system of medical care. However, in the years since the launch of the South Korean National Health Insurance Service in 1977, official regulations have required Korean medical nosology to be linked to biomedical nosology. In particular, during the four times of revision from 1979 to 2015, the originally separated disease classification of Korean medicine was gradually integrated into the Korean Standard Classification of Diseases (KCD), which heavily relies on biomedical nosology. The present study uses this nosological shift as a window to illustrate the transformation of Korean medicine in South Korea since the 1970s.

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Authors & Contributors
Harrison, Henrietta
Cho, Hyun-Dae
Lee, Byung-Heon
Sung, Tae-Kyung
Kim, Sun-Woo
Godderis, Rebecca
East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal
Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Science Technology and Society
Journal of Asian Studies
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
Berghahn Books
Duke University Press
Stanford University
Ohio University Press
Medicine, traditional
Disease and diseases
Nosology; classification of diseases
East Asia, civilization and culture
Cross-cultural interaction; cultural influence
Kuhn, Thomas S.
Liu, Dapeng (1857-1942)
Time Periods
21st century
20th century, late
20th century, early
20th century
18th century
19th century
South Korea
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)
World Health Organization (WHO)

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