Re-visiting ‘Galen in Tibet'

Yoeli-Tlalim, Ronit. 2012. Re-visiting ‘Galen in Tibet'. Medical History, 56(3), pp. 355-365. ISSN 2048-8343 [Article]

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This paper readdresses the assertion found in much secondary literature that Greek medicine was adopted in Tibet in the seventh and eighth centuries. I discuss some of the traces of Galenic medical knowledge in early Tibetan medicine, and raise the question of why Tibetan medical histories who mention Galen give Galenic medicine a much more significant place than is evidenced in the Tibetan medical literature itself. I discuss some historiographical considerations and argue that the centrality given to Galenic medicine is more indicative of the period in which these sources are written than of the period which
they presumably describe.

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Tibetan Medicine, Galen, Silk Road, Dunhuang, Turfan, Eastern Church

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History > Centre of the Body (COB)
Research Office > REF2014


July 2012Published

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12 Jul 2013 08:27

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27 Jun 2017 10:39

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