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The University of Redland’s East and Southeast Asia: An Annotated Directory of Internet Resources,, is a particularly good place to start here.  It has a number of sections that focus on health and the environment, including special topics such as AIDS and SARS in China.  Current links to official sources on science and technology can be found through government websites:  for China,, and for Taiwan,  Local NGOs and news on technological change, the environmental movement, and so on, should be traced through the portal sites and search engines listed under “Starting Points”, or via the media outlets in the “News and Media” section.  The following sites contain more in-depth scholarship, research aids, or primary documents in these subjects.

Chi Med: The History of Chinese Medicine Webpage, Yi-li Wu, Albion College   A guide to electronic resources, researchers and publications in the field, course websites, and grants, libraries and other resources for historians and students.

History of Medicine and Culture in China, Marta Hanson, Johns Hopkins University Of greatest interest to a general audience will be the “resources” and “links” sections, which include online syllabi, grants and conferences, library resources and connections to academic and non-academic websites related to the study of Chinese medicine.

National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health There are many resources to be gleaned from this site. In the “Online Exhibitions and Digital Projects” section, look for “Classics of Traditional Chinese Medicine”, an online version of a 2001 exhibition of medical manuscripts.  Of special interest is the “History of Medicine” homepage, which gives access to the library catalog, online visual collections (which contain manuscript illustrations of Chinese acupuncture texts, documentary photos of 20th century medical conditions, etc.), and, under “Quick Links,” an online syllabus archive.

Asia’s Medical Systems and Traditions, Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College, London Information on courses, events and researchers at the Wellcome Centre, but of greatest interest to the general browser will be the “Research by Region” section, which offers background essays, study guides and bibliographies to accompany descriptions of ongoing research projects at the center.

The Golden Elixir:  A Website on Chinese Alchemy, Fabrizio Pregadio, Technische Universität Berlin As advertised, with an introductory essay on alchemy and its history, original Chinese texts and some textual analyses, and a number of useful links.

Homepage of Nathan Sivin, University of Pennsylvania Here you will find a number of online articles by one of the most distinguished scholars of Chinese science, as well an extensive bibliography in that subject, and links for resources in the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Environment, Science and Technology Section, US Embassy Beijing This section has produced excellent reports on issues of critical importance in contemporary China, from HIV/AIDS and SARS to the Three Gorges project, environmental pollution and the space program.


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