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Being human in a Buddhist world : an intellectual history of medicine in early modern Tibet

Author: Janet Gyatso
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 2015.
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Critically exploring medical thought in a cultural milieu with no discernible influence from the European Enlightenment, Being Human reveals an otherwise unnoticed intersection of early modern sensibilities and religious values in traditional Tibetan medicine. It further studies the adaptation of Buddhist concepts and values to medical concerns and suggests important dimensions of Buddhism's role in the development  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Janet Gyatso
ISBN: 9780231164962 0231164963 0231538324 9780231538329
OCLC Number: 910903838
Awards: Winner of E. Gene Smith Inner Asia Book Prize from the Association for Asian Studies 2017
Winner of Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2017
Winner of Toshihide Numata Book Award 2017
Commended for AAR Book Award for Excellence in the historical studies category 2016
Long-listed for ICAS Book Prize, International Convention of Asia Scholars 2017
Description: xv, 519 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Contents: List of Illustrations ; Acknowledgments ; A Technical Note ; Abbreviations ; Introduction ; Part I: In the Capital ; 1. Reading Paintings, Painting the Medical, Medicalizing the State ; 2. Anatomy of an Attitude: Medicine Comes of Age ; Part II: Bones of Contention ; 3. The Word of the Buddha ; 4. The Evidence of the Body: Medical Channels. Tantric Knowing ; 5. Tangled Up in System: The Heart, in the Text and in the Hand ; Coda: Influence, Rhetoric, and Riding Two Horses at Once ; Part III: Roots of the Profession ; 6. Women and Gender ; 7. The Ethics of Being Human: The Doctor's Formation in a Material Realm ; Conclusion: Ways and Means for Medicine ; Notes ; Bibliographies ; Index
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