This course aims to provide knowledge of the background and development of key concepts and practices in the history of Indian medicine, with a secondary focus on the history of Chinese medicine. It will describe the transmission of these Asian medical systems and traditions to Europe and the reception of traditional medicines in the modern world. The course will give a broad historical perspective, while at the same time focussing on the social, cultural and political contexts of key times of medical innovation.
General Topics of the History of Medicine in India:
Interpreting the image of the human body in pre-modern India
Self cultivation in Indian Traditions
Alchemy, Medicine and Religion
Introduction of western medicine in India
Transmission of Asian Medicine to Europe
Transmission of Indian Medicine to Other
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Indian Medicine: General Readings
Langford, Jean M., Fluent Bodies: Ayurvedic Remedies for Postcolonial Imbalance (Durham, 2002), chapters 1 &3.
Liebeskind, Claudia, ‘Unani medicine of the subcontinent’, in Jan van Alphen and Anthony Aris eds, Oriental Medicine: An Illustrated Guide to the Asian Healing Arts (Boston, 1997), 39-65.
Wujastyk, D. “Indian Medicine” in WF Bynum and Roy Porter (eds) Companion encyclopaedia of the history of medicine vol 1, (London: Routledge, 1993) 755-8.
Wujastyk, D. The Roots of Ayurveda (New Delhi: Penguin, 1988, reprinted in2001).Chapter 1, and the introductions to chapters 2, 3, and 6.
General Topics of the History of Medicine in China: