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Asian Medical Systems: A Comparative Study
Asian Medical Systems: A Comparative Study
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Asian Medical System provide fascinating opportunities to observe directly practices opportunities to observe directly practices that continue ancient scientific modes of thought, and to analyse the historical processes that mediate their relationship to modern science and technology. Three great tradition of medical science evolved during antiquity in the Chinese, Indian and Mediterranean civilizations, all based on humoral conceptions of health and illness. Folk curers throughout the world continue to practice humoral medicine, but in Asia along educated physicians maintain its learned traditions. Thus, in these societies the great and little traditions of humoral medicine coexist with cosmopolitan medicine, which draws upon modern science and modes of professional organization.

This volume has been designed to show how research on Asian medicine opens a new field of scholarship, the comparative study of medical systems. Such a book requires the skills of authors with many kind of training, and those who have contributed essays to this volume are trained in history, sociology, anthropology, public health, pharmacology, epidemiology, cosmopolitan medicine, and philosophy.

About The Author:

CHARLES LESLIE is Professor Emeritus at the University of Delaware, where he headed the Center for Science and Culture. He is best known as pioneer in the field of Medical Anthropology from the University of Chicago, with a specialization on Mesoamerica. While working in the Mexican Indian communities, he became interested in traditional medicine. He eventually found himself drawn to the Asian medical system, in particular Ayurveda, on which he was written books and articles that hav provided the foundation for an entire field of anthropological study. He recently co-edited Paths to Asian Medical Knowledge (University of California Press), a collection of essay that develop the seminal ideas in his Asian Medical System.

CONTENTS

List of Tables, ix
List of illustrations, xi
List of Contribution, xii
Foreword, xv

Introduction -Charles Leslie1
Part I
The Great Tradition of Hindu, Arabic, and Chinese Medicine
The Practice of Medicine in Ancient and Medieval India - A. L. Basham 18
Secular and Religious Features of Medieval Arabic Medicine - J. Chritoph Burgel 44
The Intellectual and Social Impulses Behind the Evolution of Traditional Chinese Medicine - Manfred Porkert63
Part II
The Structure and Character of Cosmopolitan Medicine
The Modern Medical System: The Soviet Variant - Mark G. Field 82
The Sociology of Modern Medical Research - Renee C. Fox102
Part III
The Adaptive Significance of Medical Traditions
Disease, Morbidity, and Morality in China, India, and the Arab World - Ivan Pollunin120
Traditional Asian Medicine and Cosmopolitan Medicine as Adaptive System - Frederick L. Dunn 133
The Cultural and Interpersonal Context of Everyday Health and Illness in Japan and America - William Caudill159
Part IV
The Culture of Plural Medical Systems
Strategies of Resort to Curers in South India - Alan R. Beals 184
The Impact of Ayurvedic Ideas on the Culture and the Individual in Sri Lanka - Gananath Obeyesekere201
The Social Organization of Indigenous and Modern Medical Practices in Southwest Sumatra - M. A. Jaspan227
Chinese Traditional Etiology and Methods of Cure in Hong Kong - Marjorie Topley243
Part V
The Ecology of Indigenous and Cosmopolitan Medical Practice- A. L. Basham
System and the Medical Practitioners of a Tamil Town - Edward Montgomery 272
The Place of Indigenous Medical Practitioners in the Modernization of Health Services - Carl E. Taylor285
The Social Organization and Ecology of Medical Practice in Taiwan - Paul U. Unschuld 300
Part VI
Medical Revivalism
Chinese Traditional Medicine in Japan - Yasuo Otsuka322
The Ideology of Medical Revivalism in Modern China - Ralph C. Croizier 341
The Ambiguities of Medical Revivalism in Modern India - Charles lesslie 356
Indigenous Medicine in Nineteenth-and Twentieth-Century Bengal - Brahmananda Gupta 368
Part VII
Perspectives
World-Views and Asian Medical System: Some Suggestion for Further Study - W. T. Jones 383

Asian Medical Systems: A Comparative Study

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IDE367
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Hardcover
Edition:
1998
Publisher:
Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
ISBN:
81-208-1536-x
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English
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426 (B & W Illus: 8, Figures: 13, With Tables: 30)
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From the Jacket:

Asian Medical System provide fascinating opportunities to observe directly practices opportunities to observe directly practices that continue ancient scientific modes of thought, and to analyse the historical processes that mediate their relationship to modern science and technology. Three great tradition of medical science evolved during antiquity in the Chinese, Indian and Mediterranean civilizations, all based on humoral conceptions of health and illness. Folk curers throughout the world continue to practice humoral medicine, but in Asia along educated physicians maintain its learned traditions. Thus, in these societies the great and little traditions of humoral medicine coexist with cosmopolitan medicine, which draws upon modern science and modes of professional organization.

This volume has been designed to show how research on Asian medicine opens a new field of scholarship, the comparative study of medical systems. Such a book requires the skills of authors with many kind of training, and those who have contributed essays to this volume are trained in history, sociology, anthropology, public health, pharmacology, epidemiology, cosmopolitan medicine, and philosophy.

About The Author:

CHARLES LESLIE is Professor Emeritus at the University of Delaware, where he headed the Center for Science and Culture. He is best known as pioneer in the field of Medical Anthropology from the University of Chicago, with a specialization on Mesoamerica. While working in the Mexican Indian communities, he became interested in traditional medicine. He eventually found himself drawn to the Asian medical system, in particular Ayurveda, on which he was written books and articles that hav provided the foundation for an entire field of anthropological study. He recently co-edited Paths to Asian Medical Knowledge (University of California Press), a collection of essay that develop the seminal ideas in his Asian Medical System.

CONTENTS

List of Tables, ix
List of illustrations, xi
List of Contribution, xii
Foreword, xv

Introduction -Charles Leslie1
Part I
The Great Tradition of Hindu, Arabic, and Chinese Medicine
The Practice of Medicine in Ancient and Medieval India - A. L. Basham 18
Secular and Religious Features of Medieval Arabic Medicine - J. Chritoph Burgel 44
The Intellectual and Social Impulses Behind the Evolution of Traditional Chinese Medicine - Manfred Porkert63
Part II
The Structure and Character of Cosmopolitan Medicine
The Modern Medical System: The Soviet Variant - Mark G. Field 82
The Sociology of Modern Medical Research - Renee C. Fox102
Part III
The Adaptive Significance of Medical Traditions
Disease, Morbidity, and Morality in China, India, and the Arab World - Ivan Pollunin120
Traditional Asian Medicine and Cosmopolitan Medicine as Adaptive System - Frederick L. Dunn 133
The Cultural and Interpersonal Context of Everyday Health and Illness in Japan and America - William Caudill159
Part IV
The Culture of Plural Medical Systems
Strategies of Resort to Curers in South India - Alan R. Beals 184
The Impact of Ayurvedic Ideas on the Culture and the Individual in Sri Lanka - Gananath Obeyesekere201
The Social Organization of Indigenous and Modern Medical Practices in Southwest Sumatra - M. A. Jaspan227
Chinese Traditional Etiology and Methods of Cure in Hong Kong - Marjorie Topley243
Part V
The Ecology of Indigenous and Cosmopolitan Medical Practice- A. L. Basham
System and the Medical Practitioners of a Tamil Town - Edward Montgomery 272
The Place of Indigenous Medical Practitioners in the Modernization of Health Services - Carl E. Taylor285
The Social Organization and Ecology of Medical Practice in Taiwan - Paul U. Unschuld 300
Part VI
Medical Revivalism
Chinese Traditional Medicine in Japan - Yasuo Otsuka322
The Ideology of Medical Revivalism in Modern China - Ralph C. Croizier 341
The Ambiguities of Medical Revivalism in Modern India - Charles lesslie 356
Indigenous Medicine in Nineteenth-and Twentieth-Century Bengal - Brahmananda Gupta 368
Part VII
Perspectives
World-Views and Asian Medical System: Some Suggestion for Further Study - W. T. Jones 383

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