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Asian Medical Systems: A Comparative Study
Asian Medical Systems: A Comparative Study

Asian Medical Systems: A Comparative Study

by Charles Leslie

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Language

English

Publisher

Motilal Banarsidass

ISBN

812081536X - Year: 1998 - Pages: 419

Binding

Hardcover

Charles Leslie
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Author: Charles Leslie
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass
Year: 1998
Language: English
Pages: 419
ISBN/UPC (if available): 812081536X

Description

Asian Medical Systems provide fascinating opportunities to observe directly practices that continue ancient scientific modes of thought, and to analyse the historical processes that meditate their relationship to modern science and technology. Three great traditions 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 kinds 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.

Contents

LIST OF TABLES

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS

FOREWORD

INTRODUCTION
Charles Leslie

PART I
The Great Traditions of Hindu, Arabic, and Chinese Medicine

PART II
The Structure and Character of Cosmopolitan Medicine

PART III
The Adaptive Significance of Medical Traditions

PART IV
The Culture of Plural Medical Systems

PART V
The Ecology of Indigenous and Cosmopolitan Medical Practice

PART VI
Medical Revivalism

PART VII
Perspectives

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