Change and Creativity in Early Modern Indian Medical Thought

  title={Change and Creativity in Early Modern Indian Medical Thought},
  author={Dominik Wujastyk},
  journal={Journal of Indian Philosophy},
  • D. Wujastyk
  • Published 2005
  • Linguistics
  • Journal of Indian Philosophy
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