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The Legacy of Caraka

 
M.S. Valiathan (Author)
Synopsis

Caraka, the master physician, is believed to have lived in the first century AD. The Samhita composed by him forms the bedrock of ayurvedic practice today. His contribution to India's cultural inheritance was profound. Caraka Samhita was, in fact, a revision of an older text Agnivesa Tantra, which was written several centuries before Caraka's time. Caraka's revision became so popular that it was translated into Tibetan, Arabic, English and many Indian languages. The Legacy of Caraka retells the Samhita in a new format. Instead of adhering to the sequence of the Sthanas in the original, the author has retold the Samhita through thematically structured chapters, in contemporary idiom. The retelling has involved some degree of restructuring and condensation but has ensured that whatever is stated can be traced back to the original. In a detailed introduction, the author has commented on specific aspects of Caraka's philosophy, concepts and practice, as seen from the point of view of modern medicine. This book will be of special interest to students of ayurveda, medicine and other sciences, and those interested in the history of science in India.

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About the author

M.S. Valiathan

A native of Kerala, Dr. MS Valiathan received his medical education in India and subsequent training in surgery and cardiac surgery in the UK and USA. During a career spanning three decades as a cardiac surgeon and investigator, his major interests were cardiac surgery in children, studies on a tropical heart muscle disease and the development of cardiovascular devices. His contributions in these areas are embodied in a monograph and many scientific papers. A Vice-Chancellorship followed before he took up the study of the Caraka Samhita as Homi Bhabha Senior Fellow at the Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Karnataka, India. Dr. Valiathan is married to Ashima, an orthodontist. They have a daughter, Manna, and a son Manish.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Legacy of Caraka
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2011
Edition 5th ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788173716676
length lxxxvi+634p., Tables; Figures; Glossary; Index; 23cm.