Lan Li studies the history and practice of integrating biomedicine and Chinese medicine. Her research compares social and political circumstances that contributed to the pluralistic nature of medicine in England and China at the close of the 19th century. She explores the body as a space of constant transformation, focusing on treatments for cancer and rheumatory arthritis.
A graduate of Barnard College in the history of science, Lan also makes short films about science and society, most recently The Tacit Tumor, a documentary on integrative medicine in 20th century China. She has also collaborated with Dr. Suzanne Goh in creating a video series on treating children with autism. Lan has produced many other short films as a freelancer, which can be found at her website: http://cargocollective.com/lan-angela-li.
history of medicine; integrative medicine; film and science; cultural anthropology of medicine and the body