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Desire for Self-healing

Lay Practice of Satipaṭṭhāna in Contemporary China

Ngar-sze Lau

Shanghai. Many people have told me about their experiences of profound changes in mind and body. This paper thus describes how contemporary Chinese are involved in the practice of satipaṭṭhāna specifically for self-healing. From the interviews with the retreat participants, I examine three themes

Frances Garrett

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/157342110X606851 Asian Medicine 6 (2010–11) 33–54 Shaping the Illness of Hunger: A Culinary Aesthetics of Food and Healing in Tibet Frances Garrett University of Toronto Abstract This essay will consider the relationship between

C. Pierce Salguero, Robban Toleno, William J. Giddings, Joshua Capitanio and Marcus Bingenheimer

, this body of foreign knowledge about disease, healing, and the maintenance of health enjoyed a fair amount of popularity and social capital among Chinese elites from the sixth to the ninth century. A number of Chinese physicians (including most notably Sun Simiao 孫思邈, 581–682 ce ) engaged with

C. Pierce Salguero

represent some of the earliest examples of systematic Indo-Sinitic medical syncretism, and some of the most important expressions of a unique medieval Chinese Buddhist perspective on healing. The Shorter [Treatise on] Śamatha and Vipaśyanā exists today in several printed and manuscript versions, the

The Buddhist Grammar of Healing

Building Efficacy in the Pluralistic Therapeutic Context of Rakhine, Myanmar

Céline Coderey

need protection against makansowa [a generic term referring to spirits, witches, and sorcerers].” Far from being an exception, U Thun Kaing represents a healing figure which is very common among Buddhist communities both in Rakhine and in the rest of Myanmar, 4 who combines the two main indigenous


Christopher B. Kaiser

This volume documents the role of creational theology in discussions of natural philosophy, medicine and technology from the Hellenistic period to the early twentieth century. Four principal themes are the comprehensibility of the world, the unity of heaven and earth, the relative autonomy of nature, and the ministry of healing.
Successive chapters focus on Greco-Roman science, medieval Aristotelianism, early modern science, the heritage of Isaac Newton, and post-Newtonian mechanics.
The volume will interest historians of science and historians of the idea of creation. It simultaneously details the persistence of tradition and the emergence of modernity and provides the historical background for later discussions of creation and evolution.

Maya Warrier

-knowledge and self-empowerment as a path to ‘holistic healing’ (understood to address mental and spiritual, not just physical, well-being). Even though the Ayurvedic curriculum transmitted at the educational institutions in London is based largely on that taught at Ayurveda colleges in India, the completely diff

Medicine and Space

Body, Surroundings and Borders in Antiquity and the Middle Ages


Edited by Patricia A. Baker, Han Nijdam and Karine van 't Land

This volume contributes to medical history in Antiquity and the Middle Ages by significantly widening our understandings of health and treatment through the theme of space . The fundamental question about how space was conceived by different groups of people in these periods has been used to demonstrate the multi-variant understandings of the body and its functions, illness and treatment, and the surrounding natural and built environments in relation to health. The subject is approached from a variety of source materials: medical, philosophical and religious literature, archaeological remains and artistic reproductions. By taking a multi-disciplinary approach to the subject the volume offers new interpretations and methodologies to medical history in the periods in question.
Contributors are Helen King, Michael McVaugh, Maithe Hulskamp, Glenda McDonald, Roberto Lo Presti, Fabiola van Dam, Catrien Santing, Ralph Rosen, and Irina Metzler.


Edited by Georgia Petridou and Chiara Thumiger

Homo Patiens - Approaches to the Patient in the Ancient World is a book about the patients of the Graeco-Roman world, their role in the ancient medical encounters and their relationship to the health providers and medical practitioners of their time.

This volume makes a strong claim for the relevance of a patient-centred approach to the history of ancient medicine. Attention to the experience of patients deepens our understanding of ancient societies and their medical markets, and enriches our knowledge of the history of ancient cultures. It is a first step towards shaping a history of the ancient patient’s view, which will be of use not only to ancient historians, students of medical humanities, and historians of medicine, but also to any reader interested in medical ethics.


ESSAY REVIEW HEALING PRACTICES AND MEDICAL PROFESSIONS IN EARLY MODERN EUROPE MARGARET FELLING (with FRANCES WHITE), Medical Conflicts in Early Modern London. Patronage, Physicians, a n d Irregular Practitioners, 1550- 1640, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 2003, xiv + 410 pp., tables, index. £ 65