India’s Indigenous Medical Systems: A Cross Disciplinary Approach
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edited by Syed Ejaz Hussain
Professor of History, Visva-Bharati University
Senior Medical Officer, Pearson Memorial Hospital, Visva-Bharati University
This volume brings together in one volume essays by historians, botanists and physicians of indigenous as well as Western medicine to show how Indian medicine evolved, constantly adapting itself to the challenges posed by Western medical science. It highlights the development of medicine and public health under the patronage of Jahangir; the efficacy of Ayurveda in combating epidemics and fatal diseases; the introduction of vaccination in colonial Bengal and the social resistance to it; the rich heritage of folk and tribal medicine among the tribes of Birbhum; use of traditional herbs which have now become patent drugs for curing serious ailments like jaundice; and the development of organized documentation of ethno-botanical medicine in India. These essays underscore the continuous conflict as well as collaboration between Ayurveda, Unani and Western medicine, and how each system learnt from the other.
Ishrat Alam • Anis Ahmad Ansari • Nirmalya Banerjee • Anil Bharani • Jayanta Bhattacharya • Debraj Chakraborty • Chhanda Chatterjee • Nupur Dasgupta • Achintya Kumar Dutta • Arunangshu Ganguly • Parthasarathi Giri • Syed Ejaz Hussain • Deepak Kumar • Madhumita Majumdar • Sujata Mukherjee • S.N. Ojha • Ashhar Qadeer • Habibur Rahaman • Mohit Saha • Arabinda Samanta • Amrit Sen