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Senior researcher in Chinese medical history, bioarchaeology, and historical linguistics

Profile Summary
Subject Matter Expertise
Writing Clinical Trial Documentation, Technical Writing
Research Systematic Literature Review, Secondary Data Collection
Work Experience

senior researcher

Research Institute for the History of Afroeurasian Life Sciences (RIHAELS)

January 2015 - Present


Dr phil (Ostasiatisches Seminar)

Universität Zürich

April 1999 - December 2001

lic phil (Philosophical Faculty Sinology, Social Anthropology, Anthropological Psychology, Art History)

Universität Zürich

January 1982 - February 1993

Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts

April 1985 - April 1986

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Üble Kerne unter der Haut. Neu erschlossene medizinische Quellen zur Beulenpest im frühmittelalterlichen China [Evil Kernels Under the Skin. New Sources to Bubonic Plague in Early Medieval China], in: LWL-MUSEUM FÜR ARCHÄOLOGIE, WESTFÄLISCHES LANDESMUSEUM, HERNE; LEENEN Stefan, BERNER Alexander, MAUS Sandra, MÖLDERS Doreen (ed.) 2019 Pest! Eine Spurensuche. Darmstadt: wbg Theiss, pp. 64-73.
In book: Concepts and Categories of Emotion in East Asia, Publisher: Carocci editore (Roma), Editors: Giusi Tamburello, pp.38-70.
in: VOGEL Hans Ulrich, MOLL-MURATA Christine & GAO Xuan (eds.) 2006: Studies on Ancient Chinese Scientific and Technical Texts. Proceedings of the 3rd ISACBRST. March 31-April 3, 2003 Tübingen, Germany. Zhengzhou: Elephant Press, pp. 88-106. [ISBN: 7-5347-3860-1].
in: SANTANGELO Paolo, GUIDA Donatella (eds.) 2006: Love, Hatred and Other Passions: Questions and Themes on Emotion in Chinese Civilization. Leiden: Brill, pp. 180-194.
in: MUSEUM RIETBERG ZÜRICH ed. 2002: Liebeskunst. Liebeslust und Liebesleid in der Weltkunst. Zürich: Museum Rietberg Zürich, pp. 11-12.
Studies in Alternative Therapy 2: Body and Nature, Edited by JOHANNESSEN Helle, OLESEN Søren Gosvig, ANDERSEN Jørgen Østergård, 1995: pages 82-105; Gylling (Denmark): Odense University Press & International Network for Research on Alternative Therapies INRAT. ISBN: 8778381428.
Pfister, R.(2012). Gendering sexual pleasures in early and medieval China . Asian Medicine. 7. (1). p. 34-64.
R. Pfister(2006). Book Review: The Fragile Scholar: Power and Masculinity in Chinese Culture . China Information. 20. (1). p. 139--140. {SAGE} Publications
Rudolf Pfister(2003). Zwischen Heil und Heilung: Zur fruhen Tradition des Yangsheng in China (review) . Bulletin of the History of Medicine. 77. (3). p. 690--692. Johns Hopkins University Press
(1997). Sexuelle Körpertechniken in den medizinischen Manuskripten aus Mawangdui.
(1992). Die Lettres édifiantes et curieuses der Jesuiten: Autorenverzeichnis und Zusammenfassungen aller Briefe aus China, sowie Übersetzung eines Briefes von Pater Parennin.
in: du – Zeitschrift für Kultur, Heft 753, Nr. 1, Februar 2005: 57.
Zürich: Museum Rietberg Zürich, 2003. 92 Seiten, chinesischer Originaltext, Auswahlbibliografie, Broschur, 22,5 x 13 cm ISBN 978-3-907077-08-5.
Rudolf Pfister(2003). Der beste Weg unter dem Himmel. 91 S. Museum Rietberg