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The Evolution of Indian Government Policy on Ayurveda in the Twentieth Century

  title={The Evolution of Indian Government Policy on Ayurveda in the Twentieth Century},
  author={Dominik Wujastyk},
The attempts by the British and Indian governments to regulate medical practice in India generated an outpouring of numerous, long and scattered documents. In order to be able to grasp the outlines of these processes of attempted control, I offer here a framework for understanding this landslide of documentation. I shall also offer some perspectives concerning the relative importance of some of these documents, as well as a sense of their content and influence. Broadly speaking, the… 

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    The Indian medical gazette
  • 1941
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