Knowledge and the Scholarly Medical Traditions

by Don (McGill University, Montreal) Bates

Knowledge and the Scholarly Medical Traditions Synopsis

However much the three great traditions of medicine - Galenic, Chinese and Ayurvedic - differed from each other, they had one thing in common: scholarship. The foundational knowledge of each could only be acquired by careful study under teachers relying on ancient texts. Such medical knowledge is special, operating as it does in the realm of the most fundamental human experiences - health, disease, suffering, birth and death - and the credibility of healers is of crucial importance. Because of this, scholarly medical knowledge offers a rich field for the study of different cultural practices in the legitimation of knowledge generally. The contributors to this volume are all specialists in the history or anthropology of these traditions, and their essays range from historical investigations to studies of present-day practices.

Knowledge and the Scholarly Medical Traditions Press Reviews

...the book encloses rich lodes of scholarship which the explorer can mine with profit, receiving not only new information but flashes of new insight, according to his or her own background. Lester S. King, Journal of the History of Medicine

Book Information

ISBN: 9780521480710
Publication date: 2nd November 1995
Author: Don (McGill University, Montreal) Bates
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 384 pages
Categories: Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography, History of medicine,

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