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Medicines of Early India

Kanjiv Lochan (Author)
Synopsis The development of medicine constitutes a branch of historical studies second to none in utility and interest.  The present work, aimed at both general and academic readers is a seminal contribution highlighting the evolution of medicine in one of the greatest civilizations of the world.  The author divides the development of Indian medicines into diverse phases dominated by the sorcerers, curers, and finally, the vaidyas i.e. the doctors.  These phases were partly overlapping the partly antagonistic.  New ideas were developed from within or introduced from without and adopted by different professional while the older views continued to have their practitioners as well as clients.  Thus, the author argues, the history of medicine in India is not hemmed in by the conventional chronological divisions and it straddles the canonical boundaries between the ancient regime and recent periods.  The work has used ethnographical and old literary data profusely.  It opens some of the Black Boxes of Indian history and has been probably successful in introducing a different kind of discipline, the metahistory.
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About the author

Kanjiv Lochan

Dr. Kanjiv Lochan has obtained a Ph.D in history of Ayurveda and related science from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has authored a scholarly work 'Medicines of Early India. At Present, he is engaged in teaching history in BS College, Lohardaga under Ranchi University, Ranchi, India.

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Title Medicines of Early India
Author Kanjiv Lochan
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8186937668
length x+188p., Figures; Bibliography; 23cm.