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Medicine Between Science and Religion: Explorations on Tibetan Grounds
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Medicine Between Science and Religion: Explorations on Tibetan Grounds (Paperback)

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There is a growing interest in studies that document the relationship between science and medicine - as ideas, practices, technologies and outcomes - across cultural, national, geographic terrain. Tibetan medicine is not only known as a scholarly medical tradition among other Asian medical systems, with many centuries of technological, clinical, and pharmacological innovation; it also survives today as a complex medical resource across many Asian nations - from India and Bhutan to Mongolia, Tibet (TAR) and China, Buryatia - as well as in Western Europe and the Americas. The contributions to this volume explore, in equal measure, the impacts of western science and biomedicine on Tibetan grounds - i.e., among Tibetans across China, the Himalaya and exile communities as well as in relation to globalized Tibetan medicine - and the ways that local practices change how such "science" gets done, and how this continually hybridized medical knowledge is transmitted and put into practice. As such, this volume contributes to explorations into the bi-directional flows of medical knowledge and practice.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsReligious groups: social & cultural aspectsScience & MathematicsBiology, life sciencesHuman biologyMedical anthropology Publisher: Berghahn Books Publication Date: 12/03/2013 ISBN-13: 9781782381228  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Vincanne Adams is Professor and Director of the University of California San Francisco Graduate Program in Medical Anthropology (joint with UC Berkeley). Her books include Tigers of the Snow and Other Virtual Sherpas (1996), Doctors for Democracy (1998) and Sex and Development (with Stacy Pigg, 2005). Mona Schrempf is a Researcher in social and medical anthropology, affiliated with the Central Asian Seminar, Humboldt University Berlin. She has edited and contributed to Studies of Medical Pluralism in Tibetan History and Society (in press), Figurations of Modernity: Global and Local Representations in Comparative Perspective (2008) and Soundings in Tibetan Medicine: Anthropological and Historical Perspectives (2007). Sienna R. Craig is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Dartmouth College. She is the author of Horses Like Lightning: A Story of Passage through the Himalayas (2008), and the co-editor of Studies of Medical Pluralism in Tibetan History and Society (forthcoming).

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