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Plural Medicine, Tradition and Modernity, 1800-2000

Edited by Waltraud Ernst

Routledge – 2004 – 272 pages

Series: Routledge Studies in the Social History of Medicine

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Description

Research into 'colonial' or 'imperial' medicine has made considerable progress in recent years, whilst the study of what is usually referred to as 'indigenous' or 'folk' medicine in colonized societies has received much less attention. This book redresses the balance by bringing together current critical research into medical pluralism during the last two centuries. It includes a rich selection of historical, anthropological and sociological case-studies that cover many different parts of the globe, ranging from New Zealand to Africa, China, South Asia, Europe and the USA.

Reviews

'In exploring the manner in which traditional medicines have been framed, reformulated and reconstituted in different contexts, the contributors to Plural Medicine seek, firstly to move away from the dichotomising discourse of tradition and modernity (or Western and non-Western) and, secondly, to show that medical systems are inherently 'multi-faceted, forever in flux and never purely delineated.' Kronos

Name: Plural Medicine, Tradition and Modernity, 1800-2000 (Hardback)Routledge 
Description: Edited by Waltraud Ernst. Research into 'colonial' or 'imperial' medicine has made considerable progress in recent years, whilst the study of what is usually referred to as 'indigenous' or 'folk' medicine in...
Categories: History, History of Medicine, Social & Cultural History