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By Charles Leslie, Allan Young

Like its vintage predecessor, Asian scientific platforms, Paths to Asian clinical wisdom considerably expands the examine of Asian medication. those essays ask how sufferers and practitioners recognize what they know--what proof of disorder or overall healthiness they give thought to convincing and what cultural traditions and logos advisor their pondering. no matter if discussing eastern anatomy texts, Islamic humoralism, Ayurvedic scientific perform, or a number of different topics, the authors supply a thrilling variety of knowledge and recommend new theoretical avenues for clinical anthropology.

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Not all Asian medical traditions were ignored in the past, at least not to the same degree. Because of the Page 2 Greco-Roman origins of both Arabic and European medical traditions, Western historians have been less negligent of Islamic medicine. The medical traditions of India, China, and Japan, however, are another matter. A glance along a library shelf shows that, with some notable exceptions, Asian medicine has attracted the attention of indigenous scholars rather than Westerners. And where Westerners did turn their interest to Asian medicine, the scholarly convention was to concentrate on written texts abstracted from the stream of contemporary history and the context of everyday clinical practice.

Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: University of California Press. 1989 Le Discours des Remedes au Pays des Epices: Enquete sur la Medecine Hindoue. ) Zysk, Kenneth Gregory 1985 Religious Healing in the Veda, with Translations and Annotations of Medical Hymns from the Rgveda and the Mtharvaveda. Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society. 1991 Asceticism and Healing in Ancient India Medicine in the Buddhist Monastery. New York: Oxford University Press. Page 19 PART ONE CHINESE MEDICINE, COSMOPOLITAN MEDICINE, AND OTHER TRADITIONS IN EASE ASIA The relationships between theory and practice and between historical continuity and change are key issues in these essays.

Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: University of California Press. 1991 Taming the Wind of Desire: Psychology, Medicine, and Aesthetics in MalayShamanistic Performance. Berkeley, Los Angeles, Oxford: University of California Press. Laderman, Carol, and Penny Van Esterik, eds. 1988 Techniques of healing in Southeast Asia. Social Science and Medicine 27 (8): 747-877. Leslie, Charles, ed. 1976 Asian Medical Systems: A Comparative Study. Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: University of California Press. 1980 Medical pluralism.

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