Plural Medicine, Tradition and Modernity, 1800-2000

  title={Plural Medicine, Tradition and Modernity, 1800-2000},
  author={Waltraud Ernst},
  • W. Ernst
  • Published 1 November 2002
  • History
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… 
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Colonial Psychiatry, Magic and Religion. The Case of Mesmerism in British India
  • W. Ernst
  • Medicine
    History of psychiatry
  • 2004
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Popular Medicine and Empirics in Greece, 1900–1950: An Oral History Approach
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Medical Culture in Transition: Mughal Gentleman Physician and the Native Doctor in Early Colonial India
  • S. Alavi
  • History
    Modern Asian Studies
  • 2008
Abstract The essay explores a Greco-Arabic healing tradition that arrived in India with the Muslims and evolved with the expansion of the Mughal Empire. It came to be known as unani in the
Crossing the Boundaries of ‘Colonial Psychiatry’. Reflections on the Development of Psychiatry in British India, c. 1870–1940
  • W. Ernst
  • History
    Culture, medicine and psychiatry
  • 2011
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Medical Pluralism, Mainstream Marginality or Subaltern Therapeutics? Globalisation and the Integration of ‘Asian’ Medicines and Biomedicine in the UK
By drawing on post-colonial thinking, the paper suggests how the authors might differently theorise and research the appropriation, alteration and reimagining of ‘Asian’ therapeutic knowledges in the UK.
Debating Scientific Medicine: Homoeopathy and Allopathy in Late Nineteenth-century Medical Print in Bengal1
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Herbal Medicine in Nineteenth Century England: the Career of John Skelton
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Patterns of Medical Culture in Colonial Bengal, 1835-1880
  • C. Hochmuth
  • Medicine
    Bulletin of the history of medicine
  • 2006
This paper examines the context of education in scientific medicine through a number of medical texts written by indigenous authors; it also analyzes the in-patient and out-patient work of indigenous practitioners in government dispensaries by means of yearly dispensary reports.