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Knowledge and context in Tibetan medicine

Author: William A McGrath
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2019.
Series: Brill's Tibetan studies library, v. 43.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Knowledge and Context in Tibetan Medicine is a collection of ten essays in which a team of international scholars describe and interpret Tibetan medical knowledge. With subjects ranging from the relationship between Tibetan and Greco-Arab conceptions of the bodily humors, to the rebranding of Tibetan precious pills for cross-cultural consumption in the People's Republic of China, each chapter explores  Read more...
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Knowledge and context in Tibetan medicine.
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2019
(DLC) 2019015904
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: William A McGrath
ISBN: 9789004404441 9004404449
OCLC Number: 1096238833
Description: 1 online resource (xx, 372 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Intro; Contents; Introduction Navigating the Ocean of Tibetan Medical Literature; A Note on Transcription, Transliteration, and Bibliography; Figures; Contributors; Part 1 The Vicissitudes of Meaning in Context; Chapter 1 A New Sense of (Dark) Humor in Tibet: Brown Phlegm and Black Bile; Chapter 2 A Preliminary Study on the Biography of Yutok Yönten Gönpo the Elder: Reflections on the Origins of Tibetan Medicine; Chapter 3 "Secret Medicine" in the Writings of Sanggyé Gyatso: the Encoded Esoteric Material of Therapeutics; Chapter 4 Visceral Anatomy as Depicted in Tibetan Medicine Chapter 5 The Modern Biomedical Conception of Cancerand Its Many Potential Correlates in the Tibetan Medical TraditionPart 2 Medicine and Religion in Context; Chapter 6 The Nine-Fold Magical Cord Cycle: Investigating 'Phrul gyi the gu brgu skor, a Wartime Medical Manual; Chapter 7 Knowledge, Imagery, and the Treatment of Communicable Disease in the Vase of the Amṛta of Immortality: A Preliminary Analysis of a Nyingma Medical Corpus; Chapter 8 Tantric Divination and Empirical Diagnosis: a Genealogy of Channel Prasenā Rituals in the Tibetan Medical Tradition Chapter 9 Madness and the Spirits: Examining the Role of Spirits in Mental Illness in the Tibetan Communities of DarjeelingChapter 10 Material Presentations and Cultural Drug Translations of Contemporary Tibetan Precious Pills; Index
Series Title: Brill's Tibetan studies library, v. 43.
Responsibility: edited by William A. McGrath.

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Knowledge and Context in Tibetan Medicine is a collection of ten essays in which a team of international scholars describe and interpret Tibetan medical knowledge. With subjects ranging from the relationship between Tibetan and Greco-Arab conceptions of the bodily humors, to the rebranding of Tibetan precious pills for cross-cultural consumption in the People's Republic of China, each chapter explores representations and transformations of medical concepts across different historical, cultural, and/or intellectual contexts. Taken together this volume offers new perspectives on both well-known Tibetan medical texts and previously unstudied sources, blazing new trails and expanding the scope of the academic study of Tibetan medicine. Contributors include: Henk W.A. Blezer, Yang Ga, Tony Chui, Katharina Sabernig, Tawni Tidwell, Tsering Samdrup, Carmen Simioli, William A. McGrath, Susannah Deane and Barbara Gerke.

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