New edition of book coedited by University of Westminster academic
9 April 2013
A new paperback edition of 'MEDICINE BETWEEN SCIENCE AND RELIGION: Explorations on Tibetan Grounds', coedited by University of Westminster’s Dr Mona Schrempf, has been published.
There is a growing interest in studies that document the relationship between science and medicine. Tibetan medicine is not only known as a scholarly medical tradition but survives today as a complex medical resource throughout the world.
This beautifully crafted volume explores the entanglement of science, medicine and religion, thus transporting us beyond all too common dualistic oppositions of tradition and modernity, science and religion. Close examination of the history of modern Tibetan medicine, and of healing encounters, clinical research and institutional changes, make it startlingly evident how biomedical science and its practices are extensively translated and transformed through incorporation into diverse Tibetan settings, even as Tibetan medicine, long since syncretic, is made yet more so the traffic is decidedly two-way. Grounded in the sensibility of the sowa rigpa the “science of healing” foundational to Tibetan medicine, these essays permit no facile interpretation of biomedicine as either usurper or savior. The profoundly humanistic insights of this book have worldwide significance, and should be read diligently by everyone involved in global health care and the social sciences of medicine.Margaret Lock, Co-author, An Anthropology of Biomedicine
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