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Yu-chuan Wu

Associate Research Fellow


PhD, Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, University College London, UK

Areas of Research

History of Medicine, Psychiatry and Psychology in East Asia

  1.  《「病態」的民族:日治晚期台灣的民族性精神疾病史》(新竹:國立清華大學歷史研究所碩士論文,2005)。
  2. “A Disorder of Ki: Alternative Treatments for Neurasthenia in Japan, 1890-1945” ( PhD diss., Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, University College London, UK., 2012).
Journal Articles
  1. Yu-Chuan Wu, Hui-Wen Teng , “Tropics, Neurasthenia, and Japanese Colonists: Psychiatric Discourses in Late Colonial Taiwan,” Taiwan: A Radical Quarterly in Social Studies 54 (2004): 61-104. An updated version of this article appears in Empire and Modern Medicine, ed. Shang Jen Li (Taipei: Linking Publishing, 2008), pp. 55-100. (in Chinese)
  2. “Nostalgia and ‘Sex Disorders’: Hypochondriasis and Masculinity in Late Colonial Taiwan,” Journal of Woman's and Gender Study 21 (2006): 1-68. (in Chinese)
  3. “Disappearing Anger: Fujisawa Shigeru's Psychological Experiments on Formosan Aborigines in the Late Colonial Period,” New History 18.2 (2007): 103-155. (in Chinese) An abridged version of this article is translated into English and published in East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal 6.2 (2012): 199-219.
  4. A Disorder of Qi: Breathing Exercise as a Cure for Neurasthenia in Japan, 1900-1945,” Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 71.3 (2016): 322-344, doi: 10.1093/jhmas/jrv029.
  5. Straighten the Back to Sit: Belly-Cultivation Techniques as 'Modern Health Methods' in Japan, 1900-1945,” Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry 40 (2016): 450-474, 
    doi: 10.1007/s11013-016-9487-6.
  6. Techniques for nothingness: Debate over the comparability of hypnosis and Zen in early-twentieth-century Japan,” History of Science 56.4 (2018): 470-496,
  7. The Moral Power of Suggestion: A History of Suggestion in Japan, 1900-1930,” Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 55.1 (2019): 21-39,
  8. Seeking Double Personality: Nakamura Kokyō's Work in Abnormal Psychology in Early Twentieth-Century Japan,” Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 56.4 (2020): 258-277.
  9. “Hypnosis, Psychoanalysis, and Morita therapy: The Evolution of Nakamura Kokyō's Psychotherapeutic Theories and Practices,” History of Psychiatry 33.3 (2022): 279-292.
  10. “The Profession of Psychiatry, the State, U.S. Aid, and Civil Society: Mental Health Care in Taiwan, 1945-1970,” New History 33.3 (2022): 87-150. (in Chinese)
  11. Kanhō and Shinhō: Inoue Enryō's Invention of Shinri Ryōhō (Psychotherapy) in the Late Nineteenth Century,” New History 34.3 (2023): 1-55. (in Chinese)
  12. Work, Self, and Society: A Socio-historical Study of Morita Therapy,” Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry (2024.2),
Book Editor
  1. 王文基、巫毓荃編輯,《精神科學與近代東亞》(臺北:聯經出版社,2018.12)。
Conference Papers
  1.  “Climate, Constitution and Nostalgia” (paper presented at the First Taiwanese STS Workshop, Taiwan, 2004).
  2. “A Strange Emotion and a Defiant Self: The Shift from Neurasthenia to Depression in Contemporary Taiwan” (paper presented at Depression, Self and Society: Socio-historical Decoding of the Prevailing Depression, Taiwan Centre for the Development of Psychoanalysis, Taipei, Taiwan, 2006).
  3. “Hypnotherapy in Japan, 1890-1945: A Modern Way of Practicing Zen?” (paper presented at the Future of History of Medicine, Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL, London, 2010).
  4. “Historiography of Psychiatry: An Overview” (paper presented at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Taiwanese Society of Psychiatry, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 2010).
  5. “A Disorder of Qi: Hypnotism-derived Psychotherapy for Neurasthenia in Japan, 1890-1945 ” (paper presented at the Fourth EASTS International Conference: Engaging East Asian Science, Technology and Society, Taipei, Taiwan, 2012).
  6.  “Psychotherapy at Home: Morita Therapy for Neurotic Disposition in Japan, 1919-1938” (paper presented at D. Kim Foundation for the History of Science and Technology in East Asia, 2014 Annual Meeting and Workshop,  Busan, Korea, 2014.1.4-7).
  7.  “From an Abnormal Mental State to a Sublime State of Nothingness: A Brief History of Hypnosis in Japan, 1900-1930,” 發表於2015 Annual Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) (Chicago, 2015.3.27). 〔因有事無法出席此會議,但有人代為宣讀論文〕
  8. 〈無我與心機一轉:二十世紀上半葉日本的催眠現象〉,發表於陽明大學舉辦之Mapping Mental Health in East Asia: An International Workshop,臺北,2015年8月21日。
  9. “Techniques for Nothingness: Debate about the Comparability of Zen and Hypnosis in Early Twentieth-Century Japan,” 發表於中央研究院歷史語言研究所、亞洲醫學史學會等主辦,「第八屆亞洲醫學史學會雙年會」(Medicine and Modernity in Asia: The Eighth Meeting of the Asian Society for the History of Medicine),臺北:中央研究院歷史語言研究所,2016年9月30-10月1日。
  10. 〈「空」的技術:二十世紀初日本關於催眠與禪定異同之論辯〉,發表於中央研究院歷史語言研究所學術講論會,2016年10月17日。
  11. 〈暗示的道德力量:二十世紀初日本的暗示療法〉,發表於中央研究院歷史語言研究所學術講論會,2018年6月25日。
  12. 〈作為一門跨領域學科的醫學史〉,中央研究院歷史語言研究所90週年所慶研討會,2018年10月23日。
  13. “From the Colonial to the Postcolonial: The Psychiatric Career of a Colonial Psychiatrist,” 發表於中央研究院「『殖民醫學』再榷:本質與定義的思考」主題計畫主辦,「『殖民醫學』再榷:本質與定義的思考」工作坊,臺北:中央研究院,2018年12月2日。
  14. 〈潛在意識、記憶與歇斯底里:中村古峽與他的「二重人格之女」〉,發表於中央研究院歷史語言研究所學術講論會,2020年11月9日。
  15. 〈「觀法」與「信法」:井上圓了的心理治療學〉,世界史研究室討論會,臺北:中央研究院歷史語言研究所,2021年9月15日。
  16. 〈專業、國家、美援與民間社會:1945–1970年台灣的精神醫療〉,臺灣精神醫學會60週年年會暨學術研討會主題演講,網路會議,2021年11月6日。
  17. Kanhō and Shinhō: Inoue Enryō's Invention of Shinri Ryōhō (Psychotherapy) in the Late Nineteenth Century,”EANASE (East Asian Network for the Academic Study of Esotericism) 主辦,A Century of Usui Reiki Ryōhō: The History, Present, and Future of a Global Japanese Spiritual Therapy, 網路會議,2022年5月28日。
  18. 〈「觀法」與「信法」:井上圓了的心理治療學〉,發表於中央研究院歷史語言研究所111年度第17次學術講論會,2022年11月14日。
Other Writings
  1. 近代心理治療史隨想〉,「歷史學柑仔店」網站,2015.11.27。
  2. 注意力不足過動症爭議的十個話題〉,「歷史學柑仔店」網站,2017.3.24。
  3. 精神科學與現代東亞〉,「歷史學柑仔店」網站,2018.11.9。
  4. 中村古峽與他的二重人格之女〉,「歷史學柑仔店」網站,2019.11.8。
  5. 台灣精神醫學史上的1930年〉,「歷史學柑仔店」網站,2020.11.27。
  6. 〈管與不管之間:1918-1920年臺灣殖民政府的流感防治對策〉,中央研究院「Covid-19 的人文社會省思」網站,2021;並收入康豹、陳熙遠主編,《研下知疫:COVID-19的社會人文省思》(臺北:中央研究院出版中心,2021),頁111-125。
  7. 中脩三與台北帝國大學精神病學講座〉,「歷史學柑仔店」網站,2022.1.21。另收入於《國立臺灣大學附屬醫院精神醫學部75週年紀念文集》,臺北:台大精神科。
  8. 〈戀愛至上或非關愛情?一份本島青年的心理治療記錄〉,「歷史學柑仔店」網站,2023.1.13。
Book Reviews
  1. 書評:《武士刀與柳葉刀:日本西洋醫學的形成與擴散》,《科技、醫療與社會》21 (2015):287-290。
  1. Roy Porter, Madness: A Brief History. Taipei: Sino Cultural Enterprise Ltd. Co., 2004.

2012, PhD, Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, University College London, UK

Current and Previous Positions:
2022.1- , Associate Research Fellow, Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica
2022.1- , Secretary to the Asian Society for the History of Medicine
2014.1-2022.1, Assistant Research Fellow, Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica
2006-2013, Clinical Assistant Professor in Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Fu Jen Catholic University
2005-2013, Consultant Psychiatrist, Cardinal Tien Hospital 

  1. 2008, Zhu Kezhen Junior Award, awarded by the International Society for the History of East Asian Science, Technology and Medicine
  2. 2024-2028, Academia Sinica Investigator Project Grant
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