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By Waltraud Ernst

Study into 'colonial' or 'imperial' medication has made massive development lately, when the learn of what's frequently known as 'indigenous' or 'folk' medication in colonized societies has bought less awareness. This booklet redresses the stability by way of bringing jointly present severe learn into clinical pluralism over the past centuries. It encompasses a wealthy number of ancient, anthropological and sociological case-studies that conceal many various components of the globe, starting from New Zealand to Africa, China, South Asia, Europe and america.

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Porter, Popularization…, p. 8. Cant and Sharma, New Medical Pluralism, p. 11. 18 Waltraud Ernst 16 G. Ritzer, The McDonaldization of Society, Thousand Oaks, Pine Forks, 1993. 17 Quoted from F. Zimmermann, The Jungle and the Aroma of the Meats. An Ecological Theme in Hindu Medicine, Delhi, Motilal Banarsidass, 1999 (Editions Du Seuil, 1982), p. 158. 18 D. Wujastyk, The Roots of Ayurveda: Selections from Sanskrit Medical Writings, New Delhi, Penguin, 1998. K. Zysk, Asceticism and Healing in Ancient India: Medicine in the Buddhist Monastery, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1991.

Zimmermann, ‘Gentle purge: the flower power of Ayurveda’, p. 210, in C. Leslie and A. Young (eds), Paths to Asian Medical Knowledge, Berkeley, University of California Press, 1992, pp. 209–23. 24 Zimmermann, ‘Flower power’, p. 209. 25 Zimmermann, ‘Flower power’, p. 210. 26 V. Scheid, Contemporary Chinese Medicine: Synthesis and Plurality, Durham, NC, Duke University Press, 2001. E. Hsu, The Transmission of Chinese Medicine, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1999. For earlier literature on the same issue see note 18.

These are promoted alongside those of Western culture, science and efficiency, creating not merely something ‘modern’, but something new and contemporary. Bode concludes that as ‘traditional and modern medical forms are creatively rearranged in the Indian context’, medical pluralism exists within, rather than between medical systems. Hardey explores the new space of the internet, where health-related advice is freely available, the sale and purchase of medicines and potions flourishes, and medical pluralism is all too evident.

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