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Ayurvedic Diagnostics: Madhava-Nidana of Madhavakara (In 2 Volumes)

Brahmanand Tripathi (Author) Kanjiv Lochan (Translator) The Chaukhamba Ayurveda Studies

Diagenosis forms the most significant part of medicine. The development of the science of diagnosis through successive stages of history makes not only an interesting read but it also equips one with the experiences, successes and the learning achieved by countless generations in th yore and help one to address problems of the future in an prganized way.

The pre-modern diagnostics as prevalent and propounded by seers like Caraka and Susruta and countless other scholars was precisely put together by the Madhave Nidana authored by Madhavakara somewhere in 9th century AD. The work seems to have immediately caught the attention of physicians in India and abroad who found it the most serviceable text on diagnostics. Small wonder, many scholars produced commentaries on Madhave Nidana across the country. A reading into the various commentaries on Madhava Nidana demonstrates the background of argumentative Indian Prof. Amartya Sen has been talking about recently. It also demonstrates the old Indian spirit of tolerance and the practice of lending a patient ear to the diveres and contradictory views.

Nonetheless, it is only a truism that decline of Ayurveda mostly owed to its poor standards of diagnostics. Therefore, it is significant that an authentic, it is significant that an authentic, it is significant that an along with is Commentary is brought to the access of English knowing readers. In preparing the present work, it was a matter of satisfaction for us as we attempted to add modern perspectives every here and there in the text.

It is hoped that through the present work. the students of Ayurveda, the practicing physicians, and those interested in Indian History could have a better understanding of pre-modern Indian society as well as its medicine.

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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 Ayurvedic Diagnostics: Madhava-Nidana of Madhavakara (In 2 Volumes)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 23.08.2014
Edition 1st. ed.b
Language: Sanskrit, English
isbn 9789383721115
length 1+536+537+1124p., Illustrations; 23cm.