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The Resource Medicine and memory in Tibet : amchi physicians in the age of reform, Theresia Hofer

Medicine and memory in Tibet : amchi physicians in the age of reform, Theresia Hofer

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Medicine and memory in Tibet : amchi physicians in the age of reform
Title
Medicine and memory in Tibet
Title remainder
amchi physicians in the age of reform
Statement of responsibility
Theresia Hofer
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Medicine on the Margins explores the ways in which Tibetan medical doctors have preserved and revitalized aspects of Tibetan medicine over the past fifty years. During decades of forced sociopolitical and economic upheaval in Tsang Province of China's Tibetan Autonomous Region--with medical texts destroyed or hidden, teachers and lamas imprisoned or otherwise silenced, and almost all trade in medicinal ingredients halted--they had little hope that their 'science of healing' (Sowa Rigpa) would again flourish. Today, however, Tibetan medicine is in vogue, promoted by the Chinese Communist Party as a pillar industry of Tibet and a valuable asset of Tibetans' 'nationality minority culture.' For urban Tibetans, traditional medicine is one of the few areas where a relatively liberal expression of Tibetan identity and language is possible. In urban, medically pluralistic settings it is an easily available resource, while in remote areas, its practice and transmission to the younger generation faces many challenges. The passing away of the last practitioner of a certain pulse-reading or compounding of an herbal formula, for example, could mean the end of a long chain of transmission. For reasons of lack of access, continued repression of nonofficial histories, fear, and loss of living memory, Tibetan medical doctors--the so-called amchi--have been little studied. This volume presents their story, showing how practitioners from Tsang have retained crucial links in the teaching of medical knowledge despite the near-annihilation of monastic Buddhism and 'medical houses'"--Provided by publisher
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Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
610.951/5
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
R603.T5
LC item number
H65 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2018 D-888
  • WZ 70 JT5
Series statement
Studies on ethnic groups in China
Label
Medicine and memory in Tibet : amchi physicians in the age of reform, Theresia Hofer
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Foreword / by Stevan Harrell -- The Tibetan medical house -- Medicine and religion in the politics and public health of the Tibetan state -- Narrative, time, and reform -- The medico-cultural revolution -- Reviving Tibetan medicine, integrating biomedicine -- Looking at illness -- Glossary
Control code
ocn990257562
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xv, 286 pages
Isbn
9780295742991
Lccn
2017028012
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)990257562
Label
Medicine and memory in Tibet : amchi physicians in the age of reform, Theresia Hofer
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Foreword / by Stevan Harrell -- The Tibetan medical house -- Medicine and religion in the politics and public health of the Tibetan state -- Narrative, time, and reform -- The medico-cultural revolution -- Reviving Tibetan medicine, integrating biomedicine -- Looking at illness -- Glossary
Control code
ocn990257562
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xv, 286 pages
Isbn
9780295742991
Lccn
2017028012
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)990257562

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