Tibetan Medicine in the Contemporary World: Global Politics of Medical Knowledge and Practice

1st Edition

Laurent Pordié

Published April 15, 2011
Reference - 288 Pages
ISBN 9780415666701 - CAT# Y117390
Series: Needham Research Institute Series

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The popularity of Tibetan medicine plays a central role in the international market for alternative medicine and has been increasing and extending far beyond its original cultural area becoming a global phenomenon. This book analyses Tibetan medicine in the 21st century by considering the contemporary reasons that have led to its diversity and by bringing out the common orientations of this medical system. Using case studies that examine of the social, political and identity dynamics of Tibetan medicine in Nepal, India, the PRC, Mongolia, the UK and the US, the contributors to this book answer the following three, fundamental questions:

  • What are the modalities and issues involved in the social and therapeutic transformations of Tibetan medicine?
  • How are national policies and health reforms connected to the processes of contemporary redefinition of this medicine?
  • How does Tibetan medicine fit into the present, globalized context of the medical world?

Written by experts in the field from the US, France, Canada, China and the UK this book will be invaluable to students and scholars interested in contemporary medicine, Tibetan studies, health studies and the anthropology of Asia.

'Winner of the ICAS Colleagues Choice Award 2009"


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